Tunisian Police protest over low salary

Thousands of Tunisian police protest over low salary after week of riots and clashes

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Police officers stand guard on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis, Tunisia.

Thousands of Tunisian police marched in a demonstration to the presidential palace on Monday, demanding an increase of their salary payment following a week of riots over the high rate of unemployment in the country.

Tunisia’s Security Forces are at the forefront of fighting against DAESH, who launched an attack on security checkpoints, patrols, with a major raid on a tourist hotel and the presidential guards last year.

Police officers dressed in civilian clothes marched to the presidential palace in the capital, Tunis, chanting "wages still in the red," and "we defend the nation, we want our rights.”

"We are looking to improve our situation like other sectors, especially as we are the frontline in defending the country," Chokri Hamada, a police union spokesman, told Reuters. "We don't have any trust in the government after all their promises."

Security guards blocked the road leading to the presidential palace where around 3,000 police were demonstrating.

Tunisia’s government is confronted with challenges, with a breakdown in the ruling party Nidaa Tounes, DAESH threats, slow economy and high unemployment.   

Last week, several demonstrations took place across the country; including, the town of Kasserine where a young man killed himself because he was refused a job in the public sector.  

The protests have been the worst, since the uprising toppled President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, five years ago, which started the Arab uprisings. 

Tunisia has been shown as a model for democratic progress since the 2011 revolution, but the high cost of living and the lack of job opportunities have led to discontent all across the country.   

TRTWorld, Reuters