August 15th Protests: Media Roundup

By Rabii Kalboussi | Aug 16 2011 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

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Yesterday’s protests in downtown Tunis grabbed top headlines across Tunisian media. Read our quick sample of their coverage below:

–Watch Tunisia Live’s video coverage of the protests  Tunisia “ Another protest overflows again!

Businessnews poses the question, “Who benefits from the chaotic atmosphere this protest creates in Tunisia, especially since the country is in trouble, ten weeks before the elections of the Constituent Assembly?'  The peaceful demonstration for justice turns sour on Ave. Bourguiba

Webdo reports that the demonstration that was organized by the UGTT, political parties, and representatives of civil society was dispersed at 11:30 by the use of tear gas by riot police.

They also specified that the peaceful demonstration, calling for an independent judiciary and the dissolution of the government, left from in front of the Palace of Justice in Bab Bnet in the morning, intending to arrive at the Ministry of the Interior on Avenue Habib Bourguiba. The police attacked first, ignoring passerbys.

La Presse: Priority on ensuring the independence of Judiciary

La Presse highlighted the demands of protesors, including especially the reform the judiciary and prosecution of the symbols of corruption: “Convened by a group of lawyers and judges, a massive demonstration was held yesterday in Tunis to protest against the corruption of the judiciary.” According to event organizers, the current judiciary does not reflect the real revolution and does not meet the requirements of the moment.

Assabah: Police satisfied with UGTT protest but not with protest by Lawyers and Magistrates

Assabah clarified that there were two protests: one organized by the UGTT and the other by lawyers and magistrates. They also stated that although the two protests had the same demands, they were treated differently by the police. Assabah questions why the police were more friendly to the UGTT than to the lawyers and magistrates.

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