"Oh dear what can the matter be?
Trouble’s a brewin’ a way down in Battersea…”
Wednesday Feb 26, 2014 — Angry young men in western Kram, a low-income neighbourhood of Tunis, took to the streets throwing stones and empty beer bottles at the police and getting lungfuls of tear gas in return. Whole blocks were closed off by low-lying, blazing barricades, as teenagers dodged down alleyways to avoid being nabbed and packed into the back of waiting police vans.
"The powers-that-be are using violence against the people," they said (in Tunisian Arabic it’s more succinct: "Al-hakim yadrab al-abed").
The spark had been the heavy-handed arrest of a local activist; rumours were soon circulating that the police had beaten up not only the arrested man but also his mother. Some streets were left deserted but strewn with stones. Power was cut off to blocks at a time, presumably in an attempt to cool things down.
Back in 2011, Kram had around six “martyrs” — young protesters shot dead by the police — when it joined in the nationwide uprising that overthrew the Ben Ali regime. It is not about to forget its martyrs any time soon.