8 October 2012

Tunisia: Security Forces Suppressed the Demonstrations in 'Hammam-Al-Anf', 'Sidi Bouzid' and 'Djerba' Cairo On 8 October 2012

press release

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, denounces the use of the rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the demonstration that erupted in the "Hammam-Al-Anf" in "Ben Arous", in Tunis, on Thursday October 4, 2012 .

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The Tunisian security forces used the same suppressive approach to disperse the demonstration that erupted in the "Sidi Bouzid", on Friday, October 5, 2012.

The Tunisian police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the protesters who gathered outside the headquarters of the province, demanding the dismissing the governor due to the worsening living conditions; slow implementation of development projects that came on the list of the electoral program of the Government of Alnnahdah Movement, in addition to the delayed payment of staff salaries, cost of living, as well as the unemployment crisis and the lack of water and electricity. The demonstrators called for the release of protesters from the area of construction, who were detained by police on 26 and September 27, 2012 during protests that erupted condemning poor living conditions, which led to the hunger strike for some in order to release their relatives. The police used the same suppressive approach in dealing with these demonstrations, using tear gas and rubber bullets.

In a related context, the city of "Meknassi" witnessed a general strike called by the local office of the General Union of Tunisian Workers to protest against the lack of development projects, where the percentage of participation in the strike reached 100%.

At the same level, clashes erupted between protesters and police forces in the region "Qlalh" of "Djerba Agim" in the state of "Medenine" Southeast Tunis, on Saturday 6 October 2012. It resulted in the injury of two citizens, one in his leg after the intervention of the security forces to break up a sit-in of the landfill in Qlalh, to protest against the decision of the Tunisian authorities to continue working in the landfill until the end of 2013.

ANHRI said that"The severe violations committed by the Tunisian regime against the right to express their opinion collectively crossed all the limits. The international human rights organizations should play a role in pressing the Tunisian regime and urged it to respect the marches and the peaceful demonstrations in addition to the release of all those detained without trial and to respect all the rights of the citizens and their freedoms which are guaranteed by the international covenants and conventions. "

ANHRI said that "the use of the security force and violence with the protesters are a return to the reign of Ben Ali, which was characterized by suppression and the use of excessive violence to restrict freedoms, that is the same approach that continues to be followed now by the government, which began to use violence against its opponents in an attempt to silence the mouths".

ANHRI demanded "the Tunisian authorities to immediately release all the detainees and not to use security solutions to deal with social problems, that has failed in every Arab spring country, especially in Tunisia, as the first spark of these revolutions came from there, as well as demanded the Tunisian authorities to allow citizens to exercise their right of expression and peaceful demonstration guaranteed by all international conventions and treaties".

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