Tunisia deploys military to deal with protesters outside gas company

Published April 17th, 2016 - 06:30 GMT
The Chergui gas field in Kerkeenah, operated by the UK-based Petrofac. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
The Chergui gas field in Kerkeenah, operated by the UK-based Petrofac. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)

Police pulled back on Friday evening from the island of Kerkennah and military personnel were deployed, a military source told TAP.

Military units already on the spot are standing guard over the premises of the police district in El Ramla.

Four people arrested in connection to the recent protests staged outside Petrofac company in the island were set free, the military source indicated.   

There were renewed clashes between police and demonstrators on Friday afternoon in Kerkennah; tensions flared when law enforcement officers broke up last April 3 a sit-in of unemployed people outside Petrofac company.

The UK-based Petrofac runs a gas field on the island of Kerkennah. They halted production in January 2016 due to social unrest.

Unemployment is a heated issue in Tunisia, with protests breaking out across the Kasserine governorate earlier in the year.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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