Police and protesters clashed in several Tunisian cities on Sunday, with protesters demanding the government’s resignation and attacking headquarters of Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party that holds a majority in parliament.
Witnesses said protesters broke into or attempted to break into Ennahda headquarters in the cities of Monastir, Sfax, El Kef and Sousse, while in Touzeur they torched the local party office.
Violence erupted after hundreds of protesters rallied in each of the major cities following the rise in cases of Covid-19 aggravate economic problems and conflicts of a political class in dispute.
The protests, the biggest in Tunisia in months and the biggest against Ennahda in several years, were called by activists via social media. No political party publicly supported the demonstrations.
In Tunis, police used pepper spray against protesters, who threw stones and shouted slogans demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and the dissolution of Parliament. There were other large protests in Gafsa, Sidi Bouzid and Nabeul.