Tunisia: Violent Incidents Observed Amidst Calls to Address Underlying Issues

by | Jun 20, 2024 | Legal, Security, Social, Tunisia


On Sunday, 16 June 2024, a man murdered his wife in the city of Kairouan sparking calls from civil society organizations to take measures to prevent feminicide since this was the eighth woman killed in 2024.  

On 2 June, violent altercations between police and football supporters led to similar calls to address violence in communities. Football fans threw seats and bottles at police officers and players costing 100,000 dinars in damages at Rades Stadium. There were also several injuries.  

Other violent incidents occurred recently, including a prison officer setting himself on fire in Gabes on 18 June and a young man killing his father on 29 May in Bizerte. 


Domestic and community violence is a persistent struggle as state-operated support centers and resources are lacking in Tunisia. It is rare that individuals suffering from mental and emotional health issues receive the psychological, medical, and emotional assistance necessary to help them. As civil society organizations continue to highlight, the resources needed to help address these issues are even more limited in Tunisa’s interior regions.  

The recent violent incidents during football matches highlights the state of relations between Tunisian authorities and young football supporters who are continuously defying their orders. Violence in Tunisian stadiums is a mirror of regional divisions that prompt violence between supporters of clubs from different cities. This violence also speaks to the lack of trust between Tunisia’s youth and state institutions with which they have become disenchanted in the post-revolutionary period. 

While particular caution is essential around football stadiums when matches are taking place, general situational awareness and caution remain necessary across Tunisia where violence can emerge quickly in various communities operating under significant social and economic strain. 


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