9 août 2012

New clashes in Sidi Bouzid

Hundreds of people demonstrated this morning in the streets of Sidi Bouzid first town of the Tunisian revolution to protest against rising living costs and lack of water. They appealed for the liberation of about 40 activists arrested recently after a movement of protest. Police used tear gas and warning shots to disperse the manifestation causing more than 5 casualties. Saddam Akrami a 21 years old activists from the labor party was injured by a rubber shot. The Tunisian security forces even tried to arrest few people while being treated for their injuries in the regional hospital of Sidi Bouzid.

Nahdha, principal member of the ruling coalition, accused old regime members and Nida Tounes Party a new political force head by former prime minister Béji Caïd Essebssi to be the origin of these clashes. Nahdha communique accuses also alcohol and drug dealers, communists, nationalists and enemies of the country and the revolution. Ridha Belhaj spokesman of Nida Tounes qualified these accusation of stupid and refused to comment. Sidi Bouzid is the only district in Tunisia where islamists lose the elections of the Constituent Assembly.

Thousands of Tunisians are suffering for regular electric outages and water cuts that started early in July.

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