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.