Tunisian protesters who refused an authority’s decision to reopen a controlled landfill in the southern town of Agareb set fire to a police station on Tuesday, witnesses said.
This comes a day after Tunisian police fired tear gas at protesters that led to the death of a man, according to his family and witnesses.
The Interior Ministry said the man was not involved in the protests and had died at his home, because of an emergency health condition.
The closing of a controlled landfill this year in Agareb caused thousands of tons of household waste to accumulate for about a month in the streets, markets and even hospitals of Sfax, the second largest Tunisian city.
The Agareb landfill, 20km from Sfax, was closed this year after residents complained, saying that diseases have spread and that they are suffering an environmental disaster.