チュニジアで騒乱: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年01月12日

チュニジアで騒乱

RT2018/1/11
Hundreds arrested as Tunisia sends troops to quell protests
More than 300 people have been arrested overnight as the Tunisian government deploys the military to help quell ongoing unrest. Opposition activists have accused authorities of an indiscriminate crackdown.

On Wednesday night, a crowd of protesters set fire to the national security building in Thala, near the Algerian border, causing police to flee and the army to be sent in. Tunisia has deployed thousands of troops throughout the country amid the ongoing unrest.

“In coordination with the civil authorities, more than 2,000 army troops have been deployed to protect sovereign institutions and vital facilities,” Defense Ministry spokesman Belhassen al-Waslati told the Turkish Anadolu Agency. “In the first phase [of deployment], 2,000 soldiers were dispatched Tuesday evening to 123 different parts of the country.”

Al-Waslati added that as of Wednesday night this number had risen to more than 2,100.

The protests have been raging across Tunisia since Monday over the new budget plan introduced by the Tunisian government on January 1, which includes a rise in fuel prices and tax hikes. Food prices have also risen by about 8 percent each year since the 2011 revolution, while unemployment stands at over 15 percent.

The demonstrations have often turned violent, and at least one person was reported killed in clashes with security forces on Monday. There have also been reports of crowds targeting Jewish community sites.

The Tunisian government, a coalition of Islamist, secularist and independent factions, have accused criminal and opposition elements of being behind the protests.

“Three hundred and thirty people involved in acts of sabotage and robbery were arrested last night,” Reuters quoted Interior Ministry spokesman Khelifa Chibani as saying.

“What is happening is crime, not protests. They steal, intimidate people and threaten private and public property.”

But opposition activists have shot back, accusing the government of trying to stamp out legitimate protest.

“It’s getting more and more difficult. The police are arresting protesters in every region. They’re not even interested in the looters and the anarchists. They’re seeking our protesters and accusing them of things that just don’t make sense,” Heythem Guesmi of the activist group Manich Msamah told the Guardian.

The Popular Front opposition group has called for a mass protest to be held in the capital Tunis on Sunday to mark the seventh anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising which toppled President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

Since Ben Ali’s toppling seven years ago, Tunisia has been relatively stable compared to its neighbor, Libya, despite occasional unrest and terrorist attacks. But nine successive governments have failed to get a grip on the economic situation. Meanwhile terrorist attacks such as the massacre in Sousse in 2015 in which 38 people, mostly British holidaymakers, were killed, have damaged the country’s once-flourishing tourism industry.

FARSNEWS2018/1/11
Over 320 Arrested, Dozens Hurt after Third Night of Unrest in Tunisia
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Interior Ministry said Thursday that Tunisian authorities arrested 328 people over involvement in "subversive" acts after a third night of protests against price and tax increases.

Those arrested participated in lootings of private and public properties late Wednesday in various parts of Tunisia, Interior Ministry Spokesman Khalifa Chibani said, Daily Sabah reported.

Some 21 security personnel were also injured and 10 police vehicles damaged in the overnight unrest, he added.

Anti-government demonstrations erupted this week in several areas in Tunisia in protest against the hikes in the prices of some goods and a levy of new taxes.

One protester was killed on Monday during demonstrations in the town of Tebourba, West of Tunis.

On Tuesday night, hundreds of young people took to the streets of Tebourba for the funeral of the man who died.

Police have insisted they did not kill him, as Health Minister Imed Hammami stressed that results of an autopsy would be made public on Thursday.

Local witnesses announced that overnight protests continued Wednesday in several locations of Tunisia, while lootings of stores and attacks on security facilities were also reported.

The country has been in the grip of an economic slowdown resulting from the unrest that followed the 2010 revolt and a series of attacks by militants.

While Tunisia is widely seen as the only democratic success story among "Arab Spring" nations, it has also had nine governments since the overthrow of authoritarian leader Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, none of which have been able to deal with growing economic problems.

"Three hundred and thirty people involved in acts of sabotage and robbery were arrested last night," Chibani stressed, bringing the number of detainees since the protests began to around 600.

The army was also deployed in several other cities, including Sousse, Kebeli and Bizert to protect government buildings that have become a target for protesters.

The government has defended the recent price and tax increases, saying they are necessary to revive the economy and curb budget deficit.

The opposition has backed the street protests and called on the government to scrap the austerity measures.

Unrest was also reported in the working-class neighborhoods of Djebel Lahmer and Zahrouni on the outskirts of Tunis, the central cities of Gafsa and Kasserine, and the Northern town of Jedaida.

In the central town of Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the protests that sparked the 2011 uprisings, youths blocked roads and hurled stones, and the police retaliated with tear gas.
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