Saturday, 15 January 2011
Tunisia: The property of the family of President Ben Ali attacked and looted
Protesters attacked and looted French retailers Carrefour and Casino, and which are associated with those close to power in Tunisia, today and yesterday according to information obtained by AFP. At Gafsa (south-west), the depot of a Carrefour store, on the ground floor of a seven-storey building was looted by protesters today as the store on the first floor was destroyed Wednesday, witnesses said.
The looting took place under the eyes of soldiers stationed in their armoured cars near bank branches, none of which were touched, the witnesses said.
In Nabeul, the northeast, a shop of the same name was completely destroyed and emptied by protesters, reported a news correspondent. In Gabes, south-east, another Carrefour store was looted, according to radio Shams FM. It belongs to one of the daughters of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
At Bizerte (north-east), a store of the Monoprix chain suffered the same fate Thursday, residents said. Near Lafayette area, near the centre of Tunis, demonstrators tried to march towards a Champion store but were dispersed by police, according to many witnesses.
A Ettadhamen, suburb near the north of Tunis, some protesters tried to approach the Géant hypermarket of the Casino chain, which is located a few miles further north and where there is also a Conforma store owned by Imed Trabelsi, a brother of the president's wife, Leila Ben Ali, has been a correspondent for AFP.
Asked if he wanted to tackle the hypermarket Géant because it's a French brand, a protester said "no, it is not French, it belongs to relatives of the president."
Posted by sysiphus at 04:14