The Tunisian state-owned Al-Wataniya TV reported that the detainees were “violent rioters” who tried to loot banks and shops in various Tunisian cities, while videos broadcast on state television showed security forces firing tear gas at protesters in different neighborhoods in the capital, and across the country. .
Walid Hikma, a spokesman for the Tunisian police, said on state television that most of the detainees were teenagers.
Tunisia is facing difficult economic conditions that have worsened with the global spread of the Corona virus. The World Bank said the economy is expected to contract by 9% as unemployment reaches its highest levels in more than a decade.
This came with the passage of a decade after the Tunisian uprising that toppled the late President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the first leader ousted in a wave of protests that spread across the Middle East and became known as the Arab Spring.