Tunisians outraged by ‘inhumane’ police attack on stripped and beaten youths in the street

Tunisians were angered by a video showing police beating and stripping a youth in the street.

Tunisians have expressed outrage on social media after a video emerged showing four Tunisian police officers beating a naked minor in the street.

The video shows police stripping the youth naked in the Tunis suburb of Sijoumi, violently attacking him and dragging him along a public road.

The attack was condemned by several groups and organisations, with the Tunisian General Labor Union calling for the police responsible for the attack to be held accountable. The Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights has declared Tunisia a “dangerous country”, calling the scenes in the video “brutal and inhuman”.

On social media, Tunisians used the Arabic hashtag #learn_to_dress to spread the video and called for police accountability and “breaking with the policy of impunity that caused the high level of violence before”.

Tunisians also scoffed at the official statement released by Tunisia’s interior ministry, which claimed the youngster stripped naked, despite the conflicting evidence seen in the video.

The beating of the young boy represents the second police brutality in the region in less than a week.

On Tuesday, a man died after being arrested by police on suspicion of drug trafficking.

In a statement on the incident, the Association of Young Tunisian Lawyers said that after he was handcuffed, the police beat him, “directly leading to his death”.

The assault and stripping of the young man took place on the same day as the funeral of the man who died after his arrest.

Since the ousting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, Tunisia’s police and security services have failed to undertake meaningful reforms and abuses are common, with prosecutions rarely brought against the police.

Tunisia’s Independent High Commission for Human Rights said the assault and stripping of the youngster this week and the man’s death in custody risked undermining “trust in the state and its institutions”.

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