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Police Impunity & Soccer: Tunisia’s Ultras in the line of fire

« The Omar Laâbidi case has been pushed back to center stage thanks to the « Learn to swim » campaign, and to the efforts of civil society and “Ultras” (groups of soccer team supporters). This has roused the anger of Tunisia’s security apparatus, inciting its recourse to intimidation », says one activist. In the midst of this highly charged atmosphere, police officers are responding through the blows of their batons.

بعد حملة ”تعلم عوم“، إيقافات بوليسية انتقامية ضد مجموعات الألتراس

تبدو الأجواء مشحونة إلى حدّ كبير في مختلف الفضاءات الرياضية، حيث جدّت يوم الأربعاء 11 ماي أحداث عنف بقاعة رادس خلال مباراة نهائي كأس تونس لكرة اليد التي جمعت بين الترجي الرياضي التونسي والنادي الإفريقي تمّ على إثرها إيقاف المباراة وتأجيلها إلى موعد لاحق. وفي المقابل، تتواتر الانتهاكات والإيقافات التي تطال المشجّعين في الملاعب والفضاءات الرياضيّة الّتي أصبحت ساحة للتعبير عن مواقف سياسيّة ترفض الإفلات من العقاب وتدعو إلى كشف حقيقة مقتل الشابّ عمر العبيدي.

Siliana: A Decade After, Victims Still Demand Justice

Over several days in late November 2012, police used birdshot against protesters in Siliana, injuring hundreds of people including demonstrators, journalists covering the demonstration, and bystanders, according to an Amnesty International report at the time. One investigative report by civil society put the number of injured at 178, and at least 20 people lost eyes or sustained severe damage to their eyes. Now, a decade later, these people are still calling on authorities to cover their healthcare costs, extend their social benefits, and hold the officials responsible for the use of birdshot accountable.

Tunisian Police Violently Disperse Peaceful Demonstrators, Journalists

On September 1, police violently dispersed a peaceful demonstration in downtown Tunis, punching, shoving, and using pepper spray against demonstrators as well as journalists who were there covering the event. Aside from some incidents in front of Parliament on July 26, Wednesday’s police repression was the first documented use of police violence against peaceful demonstrators since President Kais Saied suspended parliament and dismissed the government on July 25.

عودة الدولة البوليسية في تونس؟

“ما ثماش دولة، ما ثماش حكومة، نحنا الدولة”. هذه الكلمات المخيفة التي صرّح بها أحد ضباط الشرطة، خلال اعتصام في مدينة صفاقس في 2 فيفري، تعبّر إلى حد كبير عن التحوّل الخطير للأحداث في تونس في الأسابيع الأخيرة. تزيد الاضطرابات الجارية من مخاطر العودة إلى الدولة البوليسية بعد سنوات على التحوّل الديمقراطي المتزعزع الذي فشل في وضع حدٍّ لانتهاكات الأجهزة الأمنية وتفشي إفلاتها من العقاب عن انتهاكاتها لحقوق الإنسان.

A return to the police state in Tunisia ?

“There is no government, there is no state, we are the state”. These chilling words by a police officer, during a sit-in in the city of Sfax on 2 February, speak volumes about the dangerous turn of events in Tunisia in recent weeks. The latest unrest heightens risks of a return to a police state following years of shaky democratic transition which has failed to end abuses by security services and their rampant impunity for human rights violations.

“Kill Them, They’re Sodomites”: Police Violence Against LGBT People in Tunisia

On October 6, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists in Tunisia raised their voices and banners in the street, amid the hundreds of demonstrators who were peacefully protesting a draft law that would drastically limit criminal accountability for the use of force by the security forces. By a cruel irony, police attacked the demonstrators, including LGBT activists, and arbitrarily arrested them.

“They choked me, kicked me”: Cops Assault Protests Against Police Immunity Law

On Tuesday, October 6, demonstrators gathered in front of Parliament to protest a draft law under discussion seeking to grant security forces legal immunity from prosecution for use of force—the first of several protests against the law this week. Police forces then assaulted protesters and detained four of them at a police station in the Bardo neighborhood. Meshkal/Nawaat spoke with the four people who were detained and later released about the police abuse they experienced.

الإعلامي سَلام مليك وراء القضبان بسبب الاحتجاج على مداهمة أمنية

في الوقت الذي شككت شقيقة سلام مليك في عدم حيادية باحث البداية باعتبار أن عملية المداهمة تضمنت أعوانا من الفرقة العدلية نبهت أيضا النقابة الوطنية للصحافيين التونسيين في بيانها المذكور إلى “ما طرأ على الملف من تنازع مصالح على مستوى باحث البداية وعلى مستوى القاضي الجالس الذي كانت أحكامه محل متابعة إعلامية وانتقاد من قبل “راديو جريد أف أم” في أكثر من مرة”.

Klay BBJ, impassioned artist

In spite of censorship by mainstream media, the impassioned rap of Klay BBJ has stirred the enthusiasm of youth far beyond working-class neighborhoods and provoked the animosity of law enforcement officials. Upon the release of «وقتاش» («When?») in January 2012, the Union of Customs Agents filed a complaint against Klay BBJ and Hamzaoui Med Amine. His mother claims that while the rapper was performing in Morocco in February 2013, two men came to her home in the hopes that she might convince her son to stop writing political songs.