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Tunisians form a human chain along the beaches in the southern suburbs near Tunis on September 12, 2021, to denounce the increasing pollution of the sea making it a health hazard. The pollution along the coast south of Tunis has continued despite promises by officials during 2018 elections. But today, dark, foul-smelling wastewater from the southern suburbs flows via a wadi into the sea, which is full of harmful microorganisms including streptococcus and fecal coliforms. (Photo by ANIS MILI / AFP)
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Tunisians form a human chain along the beaches in the southern suburbs near Tunis on September 12, 2021, to denounce the increasing pollution of the sea making it a health hazard. The pollution along the coast south of Tunis has continued despite promises by officials during 2018 elections. But today, dark, foul-smelling wastewater from the southern suburbs flows via a wadi into the sea, which is full of harmful microorganisms including streptococcus and fecal coliforms. (Photo by ANIS MILI / AFP)
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Tunisians form a human chain along the beaches in the southern suburbs near Tunis on September 12, 2021, to denounce the increasing pollution of the sea making it a health hazard. The pollution along the coast south of Tunis has continued despite promises by officials during 2018 elections. But today, dark, foul-smelling wastewater from the southern suburbs flows via a wadi into the sea, which is full of harmful microorganisms including streptococcus and fecal coliforms. (Photo by ANIS MILI / AFP)
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Tunisians form a human chain along the beaches in the southern suburbs near Tunis on September 12, 2021, to denounce the increasing pollution of the sea making it a health hazard. The pollution along the coast south of Tunis has continued despite promises by officials during 2018 elections. But today, dark, foul-smelling wastewater from the southern suburbs flows via a wadi into the sea, which is full of harmful microorganisms including streptococcus and fecal coliforms. (Photo by ANIS MILI / AFP)
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Tunisians form a human chain along the beaches in the southern suburbs near Tunis on September 12, 2021, to denounce the increasing pollution of the sea making it a health hazard. The pollution along the coast south of Tunis has continued despite promises by officials during 2018 elections. But today, dark, foul-smelling wastewater from the southern suburbs flows via a wadi into the sea, which is full of harmful microorganisms including streptococcus and fecal coliforms. (Photo by ANIS MILI / AFP)
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Tunisians form a human chain along the beaches in the southern suburbs near Tunis on September 12, 2021, to denounce the increasing pollution of the sea making it a health hazard. The pollution along the coast south of Tunis has continued despite promises by officials during 2018 elections. But today, dark, foul-smelling wastewater from the southern suburbs flows via a wadi into the sea, which is full of harmful microorganisms including streptococcus and fecal coliforms. (Photo by ANIS MILI / AFP)
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Updated 13 September 2021

Tunis residents decry beaches too polluted for swimming

Tunis residents decry beaches too polluted for swimming

TUNIS: Hundreds of protesters formed a human chain over the weekend to highlight the pollution plaguing the coast south of the Tunisian capital.

Organizers say some 3,500 people joined the protest along the beaches between Rades and Borj Cedria, a 13-kilometre (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.