Distraught over the election of Donald Trump, the man reportedly threatened to jump unless U.S. President Barack Obama remained in office.
A young Tunisian man threatened to throw himself off the clock tower in Tunis this morning following the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency.
The unidentified man scaled the landmark monument in downtown Tunis at around 4:00 AM, according to local witnesses, and threatened to jump to his death unless U.S. President Barack Obama remained in office.
The demonstrator also requested a direct audience with U.S. President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Mosaique FM reported.
The man’s bold ultimatum came as an apparent reaction to the outcome of America’s elections on Tuesday, where Republican Donald Trump claimed a surprise victory.
According to bystanders, the man was poised at the top of a ledge on the monument for hours, shouting his demands to hundreds of curious onlookers. Security services eventually retrieved him safely from the platform.
“Some say he wanted Obama to remain in office, others say he was demanding a job,” said a nearby shopkeeper who witnessed the scene.
“I support him,” smiled another, who said the man was reacting to the recent presidential elections. “Trump is a threat to our nation.”
According to sources within Tunis police, however, the man’s motives had nothing to do with politics.
“He was drunk, and this is the fourth time he’s climbed the clock-tower,” a police representative told Tunisia Live. “..It had nothing to do with the American elections. He wanted to get his two brothers released from prison.”
The representative also noted that the man possibly suffers from mental health issues.
The clock tower in central Tunis has previously been used as a site of protest. In March 2012, Salafist demonstrators climbed the clock tower to display their black flags, chanting slogans such as “the people want a new caliphate. Below them several thousand Salafists and their supporters demonstrated in support of the introduction of nationwide Shariah law.