Hundreds of people demonstrated at the entrance to the island of Djerba, which hosts the Francophonie summit. Protesters demand that the government shed light on the disappearance of a boat carrying 18 migrants.
Clashes erupted on November 18 in south-eastern Tunisia between the police and demonstrators mobilized to shed light on the disappearance of a makeshift boat carrying 18 migrants on the night of 20 to 21 september.
The protesters intended to go to the island of Djerba, the day before the 18th Francophonie summit. “Where are our children?”, could we read on a sign brandished by a demonstrator. Others held photos of missing people.
As AFP reports, police were deployed at the entrance to the island to prevent the demonstrators, who came in dozens of cars and motorcycles, from accessing it. After a tense face-to-face about 5 km from the “Roman road”, the only access road to Djerba, the demonstrators fell back on the town of Zarzis, located about ten kilometers away. Other clashes occurred there, with the police and gendarmerie agents.
Leaving from the city of Zarzis (south-eastern Tunisia), the shipwrecked migrants intended to reach Italy. Only eight bodies have been recovered since the crash. The demonstrators also criticize the government for not having identified the bodies found before their burial.
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