"Oh dear what can the matter be?
Trouble’s a brewin’ a way down in Battersea…”
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 then dodging down side streets and alleyways to avoid getting nabbed. They set fires across the road to keep the police at bay, and got lungfuls of tear gas in return.
"The police are hitting people," they said in explanation. ("Al-hakim yadrab al-abed”). The spark had been the heavy-handed arrest of a local activist; rumours circulated that the police had beaten up not only the arrested man but also his mother.
Streets were left deserted, 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 the neighbourhood joined in the nationwide uprising that overthrew the Ben Ali regime. It is not about to forget its martyrs any time soon.