The deployment of security forces comes after mass arrests and days of violent protests by young people in various cities across the country.
Tunisia has deployed military units to help quell the days-long social unrest that saw violent protests by young people in various towns, as protesters took to the streets to demand the release of hundreds of people arrested by the police.
The Defense Ministry said on Monday that the situation in the country was “calm” after soldiers were called in the night before to protect public buildings and “seats of sovereignty”.
Tunisians are angry with the poor state of the economy and public services. Many are disappointed that on the 10th anniversary of the uprising that ousted former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, little seems to have improved. There is also additional frustration with the coronavirus restrictions.
However, in the absence of a clear agenda, political leadership or support from the main parties, it is unclear whether the protests will gain momentum or die out, as many previous rounds of protests have. since 2011.
The defense ministry said the army would conduct joint patrols with security forces in the regions of Siliana, Kasserine, Sousse and Bizerte, where clashes with police broke out on Sunday evening for the second night in a row.
Other towns that have seen protests include Mahdia, Kairouan, Kebili, Nabeul, Manouba Gafsa and Monastir.
The Home Office said authorities had made 630 arrests related to Sunday’s violence alone. Most of the detainees were between 15 and 20 years old.
In Bourguiba Avenue in central Tunis, protesters said on Monday that they wanted those arrested in recent days to be released.
“They are treating anyone who protests the system of thieves… We have come with faces exposed during the day and not at night to say we want a job… We want dignity,” said Sonia, an unemployed graduate who does did not want to give his last name. .
Protesters with her chanted, “No fear, no fear! The street belongs to the people!
Protesters also gathered on Monday in Manzel Bouzaine, near the inner city of Sidi Bouzid where the self-immolation of a fruit seller at the end of 2010 sparked the country’s revolution.
Tunisia on Thursday commemorated the 10th anniversary of Ben Ali’s flight into exile with an iron fist, after a popular revolt that heralded pro-democracy uprisings, conflict and war in the region during what has become spring Arab.
Long touted as the only success of the Arab Spring, Tunisians increasingly feel that the revolution has failed to deliver on its promises, including the development of rural and less industrialized regions in the interior.
Despite numerous democratic elections, protests continue to erupt, especially in the central and southern regions where youth unemployment reaches 30% and the level of poverty is above 20%.
According to the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights, more than 1,000 demonstrations took place in November alone. Months of sit-ins have crippled production of oil and phosphate, a key resource, costing billions of dollars in lost government revenue.