Tunis — The Prime Ministry expressed, on Tuesday, "concern" about the escalation of violence in the governorate of Siliana and "regret" that protests turn into hostilities against the security forces and attacks against sovereignty seats and public properties.
"The Prime Ministry considers that citizens have the right to resort to peaceful and legal means to express their claims and legitimate expectations," but, rejects "the use of force, the fait-accompli policy and threats to the citizens' interests," a communiqué of the Prime Ministry reads.
Besides, the Prime Ministry asserts that "it continues to rely on the regional authorities," estimating that "they have spared no effort to materialise the development programmes and plans, to accomplish the best achievements for the governorate's benefit and improve the inhabitants' living standards."
The communiqué calls the Siliana inhabitants to calm down and "thwart the plans of those who seek to create tension and sow discord."
A general strike was observed on Tuesday, in the Siliana governorate at the call of the Regional Labour Union. A massive peaceful protest was staged towards the governorate headquarters which degenerated into violent clashes between the citizens and the security forces, who used tear gas and batons to disperse protesters who claim the departure of the Governor.