Approximately 4,000 inhabitants from Sidi Bouzid and the neighboring Sidi Ali Ben Aoun and Bir Lahfay gathered in Sidi Bouzid today to protest these recent developments. Tensions quickly escalated and a clash between citizens and national guard officers erupted when the latter resorted to tear gas to break up the crowds. Protesters reacted by throwing stones and molotov cocktails, before setting fire to several of the city’s buildings, including the local court building and an annex of City Hall located across the street.
In response to the instability, schools and public buildings were closed for the day, and security forces imposed a curfew stretching from 7 pm to 5 am.
As of 3 pm on October 28th, however, Tunisia Live sources on the ground in Sidi Bouzid have recently reported that the protest has broken up by the local citizens themselves. The crowd is currently dispersing without further escalation.