“A report to be published in the coming days will highlight police violence”
The police clearly went to the site to pick a fight. They launched tear gas without warning, thereby unleashing a wave of panic among the demonstrators, who quickly scattered.But what happened next was even more astonishing. Without any explanation, the police converged on the city centre to spread the disorder there. The officers began by hurling insults at people before again firing tear gas. At that point, the whole population, and not just protesters, was targeted. Men, women, and children ran in all directions. People were scared and some responded to the repeated aggression of the police by throwing stones.Video published on Facebook. It shows the live bullet cartridges that Guellala residents found after the clashes.If you ask me, the police acted like thugs that day. Someone whom I know very well, Mohamed Ali Borgi, was hit by a live bullet in the leg and had to be hospitalised at Sfax [this was confirmed by the hospital]. They ransacked a dried fruits store and the owner told me he would file a complaint. I have also heard they stole packets of cigarettes, but I can’t confirm this because I didn’t see it with my own eyes.I don’t deny the fact that several policemen could have been injured during the confrontations, but the Interior Minister is not telling the truth when he pins the blame on the people.