Tunisian police conflict with protesters after police hit By Reuters
TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian police fired tear gas on Friday to disperse protesters in the northern town of Siliana after a police officer beat a shepherd in full democracy.
Hundreds of protesters burned bikes, blocked roads and threw stones at police, who followed protesters and fired gas, added witnesses.
Police and youths clashed at night in the coastal city of Sousse, throwing stones at the security forces and firing tear gas.
Local media said that small protests had also taken place in the Karm area of the capital Tunis and that the police had arrested some protesters.
A decade ago, massive protests against corruption, injustice and the repressive regime toppled the late President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali after a fruit seller set himself on fire after an argument with a policewoman in downtown Sidi Bouzid.
The 2011 Tunisian revolution sparked a wave of revolt in Arab countries as people rose to demand democracy.
A video posted on social media showed a police officer scolding and poking a shepherd whose sheep had entered government headquarters.
The video sparked a wave of anger on social media. Activists said it was unacceptable to violate a citizen’s dignity a decade after Tunisians revolted against injustice and oppression.
The prosecution opened an investigation into the incident.
Despite the incident, Tunisia is an example of a peaceful transition in a region struggling with violence and upheaval elsewhere. The economic and social situation deteriorated and the country was on the brink of bankruptcy and protests increased.
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