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Tensions boil over in Kasserine
Tensions flared up last night between police and citizens in the town of Kasserine, culminating in violent clashes that included molotov cocktails being thrown at police and cars set on fire. According to police, protest marches grew violent after numerous citizens broke into the police station and attacked security agents. Eight have been arrested...

Machine Gun, Missile and Grenade Caches Discovered in Ben Guerdane
Three Tunisians were arrested this morning after police discovered a large stash of weapons near the Libyan border, including dozens of missiles, machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. This is at least the third weapons cache discovered by police in the town of Ben Guerdane in the past three days, raising concerns over security in...

Cross Dressed Halloween Teens Allegedly Beaten and Charged by Police
Hammamet police repeatedly beat and humiliated two transgender passengers on their way to a Halloween celebration, one of Tunisia’s leading gay rights pressure groups has claimed.  According to the statement on LGBTI group Shams Facebook page, a routine police stop turned violent after police became outraged over the female clothing worn ...

Anti Smuggling Operation Clears Central Tunis of Unlicensed Vendors
Clashes erupted between the police and unlicensed traders as part of an anti-smuggling operation in downtown Tunis yesterday. Several vendors were arrested and a significant quantity of illegal cigarettes seized. Violence broke out on the Rue de Salines in downtown Tunis after authorities claimed that unlicensed vendors repeatedly refused instructi...

Women, the Law and Islam
“As a young woman in Tunisia I feel more afraid when I see a policeman out at night than any other man,” said Yamina Thabet, head of the Tunisian Association for the Support of Minorities, (ATSM). As modern day Tunisia gradually transitions into a contemporary democracy, the gap between the emerging country and the patriarchal...

Petition Calls for Eviction of Prominent Feminist
A petition has been launched in a northern Tunis suburb calling for the eviction of a prominent feminist and minorities advocate for allegedly “spreading inappropriate behavior”. LGBTI activist, Amina Sboui has been targeted by the association, Awled Sidi Bou Said, (Residents Association of Sidi Bou said). The association called for th...

Tunis Wide Security Sweep Nets Three
A security sweep across the capital on Saturday has resulted in several arrests, mostly for petty crimes. Three were arrested on criminal charges following what the Ministry of Interior termed a major “security campaign” on Saturday. A further 20 people were arrested for being apparently drunk and disorderly. 66 people are also being s...

Four Police Officers and Two Civilians Arrested for 37,800 Dinar Street Theft
Four police officers and two civilians were arrested this morning on suspicion of stealing 37,800 Tunisian Dinars from a foreign exchange trader in Ben Arous, greater Tunis. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of the Interior, the victim had been called to the area by someone claiming to be holding a large...

City Center Attack Reveals Wider Problem
A young woman who was harassed and beaten in central Tunis has written about how Police ignored her reports of abuse as she was unable to provide the names of her attackers. Estabrak Bchiri was attacked during broad daylight last Tuesday. She decided to go to the police station, where she felt pressure was put...

Kasserine Violence Escalates
Clashes between unemployed graduates and the police have continued around the headquarters of Kasserine Governorate. Following the breakdown of a meeting between protestors and the region’s governor, a number of unemployed graduates attempted suicide on the roof of the Governorate’s headquarters. Two of them fell and have been taken to ...