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04 Dec 2019 | 03:29 AM UTC

Tunisia: Police arrest 11 amid protests in Jelma (Sidi Bouzid province) December 3 /update 1

Protests in Jelma (Sidi Bouzid province) result in 11 arrests on December 3; protests likely to continue



Tunisia's Ministry of Interior has announced on Tuesday, December 3, that 11 people were arrested during clashes in Jelma (Sidi Bouzid province). Protests in Jelma are likely to continue over the coming several days, particularly as police use force to disperse protesters and no political reaction is issued.

A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions can be expected in the vicinity of any protests.


Protests began on November 30, after a local laborer set himself on fire in response to poor living conditions. Roadblocks were reported through the weekend and police used tear gas to disperse protesters. Protesters are demanding improved social and economic conditions.


Individuals in Jelma are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.