Scores of  Tunisians are demonstrating and demanding the right to eat and drink in public during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

There is no law against eating or drinking in public during Ramadan, but every year the issue comes to the fore in the North African country.

The Tunisian constitution has a clause which guarantees freedom of belief and conscience, but also has another clause which allows the state to be a watchdog on religious matters.

Demonstrators are also protesting against the arrest of people who were not fasting.

At the beginning of June, four men were sentenced to a month in jail for public indecency after eating in public.

Most cafes and restaurants in Tunisia close during the day in Ramadan, and those that open do so discreetly.

-News24