Militants Clash with Police in Tunisia

Published January 18, 2021

Militants Clash with Police in Tunisia

Clashes between militant youth and police spread throughout Tunisia. These clashes took place on the tenth anniversary of the revolution that overthrew the regime of Ben Ali, who was forced into exile.

Militant youth clashed with police in several cities during protests over living conditions and high unemployment, as the ruling elite continues to institute capitalist policies that result in dire levels of poverty.

Demonstrations in Siliana and other cities began on Friday after a video posted on social media showed a police officer shouting and pushing a shepherd whose sheep entered the local government headquarters.

Dozens of militants built barricades and set fire to objects to block the streets of the city, 130km (80 miles) from Tunis.

In the Ettadamen area of the capital, militants – most of them teenagers – blocked roads and threw stones at police.

In Sousse, militants blocked roads and burned tires.

In Jelma, militant youth blocked roads and burned tires.

Tunisia has been rocked by months of anti-government protests.

According to the Tunisian Forum of Economic and Social Rights, more than 1,000 demonstrations took place in November alone.

Months of sit-ins have paralyzed oil and phosphate production for months, putting holes of billions of dollars in the country’s budget.

Tunisia is now on the verge of bankruptcy and public services are in poor condition. In the central and southern regions, the jobless rate among youth reaches 30% and the poverty level is above 20%.

While the Arab Spring uprisings, which were sparked by the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia in 2010, managed to overthrow oppressive regimes throughout North Africa and the Middle East, these uprisings did not change the system of capitalist exploitation or the repressive state aparatus.

In the tenth anniversary of Ben Ali being forced into exile, revolutionary youth are attacking the forces of repression in continuiation of that struggle.