On Wednesday, clashes broke out between security forces and Tunisian protesters as riot police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pellet guns to disperse the angry demonstrators in the northern farming town of Siliana.
Protesters called on the government to release 14 people seized during the popular uprising that toppled former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. They also demanded the government to allocate funds in order to boost the development in the region.
According to reports, armored vehicles belonging to Tunisia’s national guard and riot teams were also stationed at the scene of the clashes.
The street clashes began on Tuesday when thousands of people staged demonstrations in Siliana to demand the resignation of local officials.
Like much of Tunisia’s rural regions, Siliana is grappling with high rates of poverty and youth unemployment.