Families say Police Abused, Abducted Minors in Mass Sweeps as Protests Continue

Protesters on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in downtown Tunis are stopped from reaching the Interior Ministry on January 19, 2020. Photo by Ghaya Ben Mbarek

After more than a week of protests across the nation following a sudden, government-imposed lockdown on the 10th anniversary of the January 14, 2011 revolution, security forces have arrested over 1600 people, 600 of them children, according to Yassine Azaza, a human rights activist and volunteer lawyer on behalf of the Tunisian League of Human Rights (LTDH by its French acronym). Those numbers were given to Nawaat/Meshkal on January 20, 2021, but since then the numbers have increased and human rights activists and organizations said they are struggling to keep track.

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