“We Can’t Breathe”: Protesting a Toxic Dump in Agareb, Tunisia

Security forces fire teargas on demonstrators in Agareb who are calling for the closure of a toxic waste dump. Photo by Ghaya Ben Mbarek, November 10, 2021.

In recent years, there has been increasing tension around the use of haphazard landfills as residents nearby these toxic sites protest the serious short and long-term hazards they face. On Monday, November 8, Abdelrazek Lachhab, an environmental activist from Agareb, an agricultural suburb outside Sfax, died after police used tear gas against those protesting the nearby dump and calling for its closure.

Protesters show Meshkal/Nawaat birdshot they say police used against them during protests in Agareb. Photo by Ghaya Ben Mbarek, November 10, 2021.

“My cousin was the victim of a systematic killing by the state, all because people went out to protest their right to a healthy environment,” Zoubeir Lachhab, 28, a cousin of the deceased Abdelrazek Lachhab told Meshkal/Nawaat on November 10 in Agareb…

Protesters burn tires in Agareb, November 10, 2021. Photo by Ghaya Ben Mbarek.
Protesters in Agareb, November 10, 2021. Photo by Ghaya Ben Mbarek.
Agareb, November 10, 2021. Photo by Ghaya Ben Mbarek.
Protesters burn tires in Agareb, November 10, 2021. Photo by Ghaya Ben Mbarek.

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