Tunisian youths rally against police brutality

Police brutality is somewhat global. In Tunisia last week, police in a viral video stripped and beat a young man without any regard for the law. 

Violent protests by youths ensued, as they blocked a street in Sidi Hassine suburb on the outskirts of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia.

Protesters came out in their hundreds in the working-class neighborhoods following the recent death of the man in police custody, after being arrested by police on “suspicion” of dealing drugs, according to local media.

It is was hell of a scene with protesters fighting for their human rights to be respected throwing sticks, chairs and water bottles at the police. The security forces retaliated with teargas and roughly detaining some of the protesters. 

Tunisian League of Human Rights (LTDH) condemned the violence suffered by protesters fighting for their rights and also blamed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi who is also the interim interior minister.

The Saturday’s protest awoken the memory of Omar Laabidi, a 19-year-old Club Africain supporter who died in 2018 in police custody as well.

Among the protesters are the mothers of three youths who died in police custody, including Laabidi’s mother who said she is still waiting for her son’s rights to be respected.

By Oluwamayowa Akinyemi

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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