Tunisian Police Arrest More Than 600 People Amid Raging Riots

Tunisian authorities have arrested more than 600 individuals as violent clashes between the police and demonstrators continued to surge for the third consecutive night in some cities of the nation, officials said on Monday.

Tunisian authorities have arrested more than 600 people as violent clashes between the police and demonstrators continued to surge for the third consecutive night in some cities of the nation, officials said on Monday.

According to officials, the uprising broke out after the government enforced a countrywide lockdown on Jan. 14 as it attempts to curb the surge in COVID-19 infections.

The decision came the same day as the whole nation commemorates the 10-year anniversary of the revolution that overthrew autocratic Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from his post as Tunisia’s president for over 23 years.

Khaled Hayouni, the spokesman for the interior ministry, said that a total of 632 people have been arrested by the police forces, with ages ranging “between the ages of 15, 20 and 25 who burned tires and bins in order to block movements by the security forces.”

According to defense ministry spokesman Mohamed Zikri, the government has already deployed troops for reinforcements in some regions to help quell the violence across Tunisia.

Police said the protesters have not made any clear demands during what they described as riots in around 10 cities across the country.

However, some residents blamed the widespread uproar on Tunisia’s post-revolution political class, as most of the people become angry due to the poor public services and unprecedented economic crisis.


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