28 November 2013

Tunisia: 50 Policemen Injured in Siliana Clashes - Interior Ministry

Tunis — The number of policemen injured in Wednesday's incidents in Siliana rose to 50, Interior Ministry Spokesman Mohamed Ali Laroui told TAP news agency on Thursday.

Two of them have been seriously wounded and others suffered fractures, he added.

As regards material damage, Laroui said that police vans had been damaged and the premises of the local police station had been the target of stone-throwing by protesters who also tried to loot and wreck the office of the local sub-prefect and the premises of the local transport company.

Laroui also affirmed that police forces neither resorted to the use of force nor responded to the provocations of protesters, but just fired tear gas.

The Spokesman for the Interior Ministry went on saying that security reinforcements had arrived late on Wednesday evening in Siliana, reiterating the ministry's determination to sue all offenders.

The city of Siliana was on general strike yesterday to commemorate the uprising of the local residents in November 2012 claiming the right to fair development.

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