Thousands of Tunisians returned to the streets 10 years after the Arab Spring, demanding change to the country’s endemic corruption and lack of social services to fit the needs of the people and those in renewed poverty as a result of the COVID pandemic. Despite widespread police repression with tear gas and beatings, protesters held strong in many cities across the country.
125 protesters marched in Portland during the new Sunday protests organized by the mother of Patrick Kimmons, a black man killed in 2018. Organizers of the demonstration called for a reopening of the case on the police killing of Kimmons, who allegedly was armed and facing away from law enforcement.
Hundreds of protesters in Msunduza, part of the Hhohho District in Eswatini, took to the streets in opposition to the country’s absolute monarchy and in support of the Communist Party, riding a wave of unrest after the police murder of a young man in May. After police attacked the demonstration, the crowd set fire to businesses owned partially or fully by King Mswati.