28 November 2013 1:05 pm | | 1


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Siliana protests, 2012. Photo credit: Aymen Benmansour, Tunisia Live.

Siliana protests, 2012. Photo credit: Aymen Benmansour, Tunisia Live.

Police clashed with a group of young protesters in Siliana Wednesday, injuring 50 police officers, two seriously, according to the Ministry of Interior.

A hospital source quoted by AFP said 30 police officers and two youths were injured.

The protest, which the ministry in a statement called “peaceful,” marked one year since clashes between demonstrators and police in Siliana, south of Tunis, left over 170 injured.

After the march, according to the ministry, “a group of wrongdoers” tried to break into a local police office, throwing stones at it.

A local representative of the UGTT, Tunisia’s largest labor union, gave a similar account.

“A group of teenagers aged between 14 and 18 attacked the police district after we successfully ended our march,” Ahmed Chafai from the UGTT regional office in Siliana told Tunisia Live.

Chafai added that the attackers motives were not clear.

Central provinces Gabes and Gafsa also went on strike to protest a government decision to pass up the two locations as sites for proposed medical facilities. 

On November 21, a cabinet meeting approved the establishment of new medical universities in Kef, Sidi Bouzid, Jendouba, Medenine, and Kasserine.

In Gafsa, a phosphate mining region, protesters torched offices of the ruling CPR and Ennahdha parties. Demonstrators also broke into the local governorate office.

There were no reports of clashes in Gabes, where protesters laid a symbolic cornerstone of the medical university.

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