Tunis people decry beaches too polluted for swimming

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Tunis people decry beaches too polluted for swimming. Organizers say some 3,500 people joined the protest along the beaches between Rades and Borj Cedria, a 13-kilometer (eight-mile) stretch of sheltered coastline home to around 300,000 people.

Campaign group Action Citoyenne has been battling for two years against the pumping of sewage — sometimes untreated — into the sea.

It organized Sunday’s protest to “condemn the deteriorating state of our sea, which is polluted with bacteria and has become a danger to health,” said the group’s president Doniazed Tounsi.

Ines Labiadh of the FTDES rights group said it was the “longest human chain in the history of Tunisia”, where a 2011 revolution overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked uprisings across the Arab world.

The FTDES distributed placards recalling Article 45 of the country’s post-revolution constitution, guaranteeing “the right to a healthy and balanced environment”.

Data source: rfi.fr

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