Smuggling, looting across Tunisia in wake of protests

Published January 24th, 2016 - 08:26 GMT
Police approach protesters in Kasserine, Tunisia. (AFP/Mohamed Khalil)
Police approach protesters in Kasserine, Tunisia. (AFP/Mohamed Khalil)

Minister in charge of Relations with Constitutional Bodies and Civil Society Kamel Jendoubi, on Saturday, pointed to the involvement of smugglers in the acts of violence and looting committed in recent days.

According to police investigation, smugglers gave money to rioters to commit acts of violence and looting and disrupt peaceful demonstrations, he said after the Cabinet meeting held At Dhiafa Palace in Carthage.

Jendoubi added that Caid Essebsi’s remarks in his Friday’s TV address on the involvement of political parties in the recent incidents should not be viewed as an accusation levelled to specific parties, noting that investigations have not concluded to a connection between political parties and these events.

He deemed essential to distinguish between peaceful political action by opposition parties and sides that seek to sow chaos.


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