Tunisia shortens curfew, reevaluates security after protests
Tunisia has faced riots and protests for over a week due to high rates of unemployment. (AFP/File)
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The Interior Ministry, on Monday, shortened the overnight curfew imposed in the country since last Friday. The curfew will now start from 10 p.m. and end at 5 p.m.
The decision was taken after a “relative improvement in the security situation.”
On the ground, calm protests were staged in several regions of the country, TAP local correspondents reported.
In Sidi Bouzid, Mezouna and Regueb, unemployed youth, particularly university graduates took to the streets to demand jobs.
In a statement, the local office of the Union of Unemployed Graduates called on the government and local authorities to launch regional competitions to hire unemployed university graduates.
In the governorate of Beja, young jobless rallied outside the governorate, while a sit-in was staged inside the delegation of Thibar.
Calm was restored to the governorate of Gabes, where the situation “has noticeably improved,” a local National Guard officer told TAP.
However, three people were arrested in New Matmata “where young people burnt tires,” according to the same source.
Some 1,105 people were arrested, while 114 law enforcement officers have been wounded since the eruption of protests last January 17, according to the National Guard.
Politically, a meeting of the National Security Council chaired Monday at Carthage Palace by President Beji Caid Essebsi has focused on the security situation in the country.
No further details have been provided on the conclusions of the meeting.
At the meantime, more than two thousand security officers protested outside the Carthage Palace to demand the implementation of agreements signed with the government on August 2015 regarding the improvement of their professional, social and financial conditions.
“If we are not heard by the supervising authorities, we will be forced to escalate,” said spokesman for the National Union of Home Security Forces Chokri Hamada.
A nationwide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. was declared last Friday, after the violence and looting that marred social protests over jobs and development, unprecedented since 2011.