Tunisia is at a tipping point. Shortly before the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the revolution, authorities announced a lockdown due to the soaring number of COVID-19 cases and banned all demonstrations. But this did not stop people from taking to the streets to protest their dire social economic situation. On 15 January, riots erupted in many cities across the country, with thousands of young people confronting the police. Security forces responded with sweeping arrests and forced dispersal of the demonstrations. More than 1,600 people have been arrested since then, according to the Tunisian League for Human Rights, which also reported several cases of torture and other ill treatment in custody.