Tunisia: demonstrators dispersed by the police at the opening of the Francophonie summit

Tunisia: demonstrators dispersed by the police at the opening of the Francophonie summit

In Tunisia, hundreds of people demonstrated to find out the fate of Tunisian migrants who have been missing for almost two months. Repressed by the police, the demonstrators have been trying since Friday to go to the 18th Francophonie summit to make their voices heard.

After a tense face-to-face near the “Roman Road”, the only access road to Djerba, the demonstrators fell back on the city of Zarzis.

Ali Kenis, a local fisherman, decided to join this movement:

“We are going to start an action of civil disobedience, and close all the entry and exit points of the city of Zarzis, as well as all public and private establishments, so as to isolate the city.

A general strike was observed in the city of Zarzis on October 18 to demand an investigation into the sinking of the boat, which left 8 dead and 12 missing, as well as the hasty burial of some bodies in a private cemetery, usually reserved for sub-Saharan migrants.

These demonstrators hope to attract the attention of heads of state and governments, gathered for the summit of the International Organization of La Francophonie, this weekend in Djerba.