The Tunisian police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to reach central Tunis marking the anniversary of the Revolution which led to the ousting of longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben.
A heavy police presence on Friday prevented the protesters from gathering on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, the main street in the Centre of the capital.
Tunisian government has announced a two-week ban on mass gatherings in open and closed areas following recommendations issued by the Scientific Committee to Fight the Coronavirus on January 11 and the cabinet meeting.
Several political parties, including Ennahdha, the Democratic Current and the Republican Party, called for taking to the street to express rejection of the President’s move under which the anniversary of the Revolution is now observed on December 17.
The police set up barrickades to search pedestrians and their bags. They also had their vehicles as well as those of civil protection parked along Habib Bourguiba avenue in a bid to prevent demonstrations, TAP correspondents reported.