A group of youth demonstrated this afternoon in downtown Tunis today in solidarity with anti-government protesters in the governate of Siliana, where violent clashes with police continued for a second day.
The protesters in Tunis are part of the “Think of Others” campaign, a project established during violence in Gaza this month, which aims to raise awareness about social issues outside Tunis.
“Our main demands are the following: lift the siege on Siliana, recognize the area’s right to development, defend the right to protest, and hold accountable those who are responsible for the violence in Siliana,” said Iadh Abidi, one of the campaign’s organizers.
Twenty people were injured in the violence in Siliana today, as protesters continue to call for regional governor Ahmed Zine Mahjoubi to step down.
“Despite buckshot and cartridges, Tunisians will not back down,” protesters in Tunis shouted, invoking reports that police were using live ammunition.
The campaign, named after a Mahmoud Darwich poem, is supported by the Watad Party, a radical leftist party and a component of the Popular Front. Locals from Siliana have also taken part in the “Think of Others” campaign.
The spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior, Khaled Tarrouche, told Mosaique FM today that security forces in Siliana are protecting the governate headquarters, which protesters attacked earlier with rocks.