Protesters blocked roads, burned tires and clashed with police in the Ettadhamen and Intilaka neighborhoods of Tunisia.
More than a week after violence broke out in the Sidi Hassine community after the death of a man detained by the police, protests against police abuse in the Tunisian capital have spread to several other working-class areas.
Late Wednesday, protesters gathered in Ettadhamen and Intilaka, the poorest areas of the capital, to block roads, burn tires and throw stones at police, who chased demonstrators and fired tear gas.
Last week, a video of police sharing and beating a young man on social media caused widespread public outrage. A few days later, the death of a man in police custody triggered protests in Sidi Hassine, a suburb of Tunisia.
The man was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking, but his family accused the police of beating him to death. Tunisian Prime Minister and Interim Minister of the Interior Hichem Mecic denied this accusation.
Hundreds of people gathered in Sidi Hassine on Tuesday, holding up slogans against the government and calling on officials to stop police abuses and punish those involved.
They chanted: “Freedom, freedom, the police state is over.”
The United Nations Tunisian Human Rights Office said on Monday that it was concerned about repeated accusations of serious violations by the Tunisian police during violent protests.
43 organizations including journalist syndicates, labor unions, lawyer syndicates and the Human Rights League called for large-scale national protests on Friday to end what they call impunity for the police.
They said they filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Megic.
More than a decade after the Arab Spring Revolutionary protests against poverty, injustice, and the police state, Tunisia has made progress in democracy, but its economic problems have worsened, which has led to many protests.
In the most recent January protest, the police arrested more than 2,000 people, most of them minors.
Human rights organizations stated that hundreds of them were tortured and tortured.
Human rights activists say that since the dictatorship of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown in 2011, the abuse of power by the police could undermine democratic gains.