“What happened today is nothing but the start of a series of protests that will not only be regional but national,” Basma Lajmi, an Ezzahra resident, environmental activist and one of the organizers of the demonstration told Meshkal/Nawaat.

Lajmi is one of the moderators of the Facebook group “Shut Down ONAS on the Southern Suburbs’ Sea”. ONAS is the french acronym of the National Sanitation Utility, which manages wastewater. They were also supported by the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES).

“I remember 25 years ago in the 1990s while swimming here, we used to see weird looking white bubbles around us. And when we grew up we figured that they were the result of chemical products. It all started gradually” added Lajmi.