As Tunisia Marks Revolution, Clashes Continue
While Tunisia commemorated the third anniversary of its revolution Tuesday, there were scattered clashes and attempts to attack government and political party buildings in parts of the country. While unrest in Kasserine and Kef districts last week appeared motivated by higher vehicle taxes, the cause of more recent incidents is less clear and has been characterized by the government as simply the work of criminals or delinquents.
Some on the ground attribute the incidents to difficult economic conditions. In the coastal city of Sousse, a popular tourist destination, a group blocked off a road leading to the Carrefour shopping mall, radio station Mosaique FM reported. The group burned tires and attempted to loot the headquarters of the municipal government and police used tear gas to disperse the participants, according to the same
A group of individuals also raided the headquarters of Ennahdha party in Menzel Jemil, near the northern city of Bizerte, according to Mosaique. Mohamed Ali Aroui, spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior, denied any clashes with police officers and accused the groups of theft and violence. “These individuals raided the impound lot. We already arrested six of them in Menzel Jemil district,” he told Tunisia Live. Similarly, further clashes erupted in Cite Ettadhamen between a group of individuals and police. A road there was blocked by tires, Mosaique FM reported.
Small incendiary bomb targets Greek minister’s office, no injuries or damage reported
ATHENS, Greece – Greek police say a small incendiary bomb has exploded outside the private office of the country’s Interior Minister, causing minor damage and no injury. A police statement says the home-made device detonated late Tuesday outside the fourth-floor office in central Athens used by Yiannis Mihelakis. There has been no claim of responsibility.
Workers at Gurgaon auto firm strike over ‘attack by company bouncers’
Production at the Manesar-based auto parts manufacturing firm Munjal Kiriu came to a standstill on Tuesday after its workers went on strike over the assault of some of their colleagues by the company’s bouncers, sources said. The incident reportedly occurred on Monday when the bouncers attacked a group of suspended employees protesting at the company’s gate, injuring five of them. An FIR was registered on Tuesday evening against three top officials of the company, as well as 20 unidentified people, after scores of workers protested outside Manesar police station.