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Fresh unrest in Tunisia after death at price rise demos

13 January 2018

He added that clashes between the security forces and the protesters have led to the injury of 49 members of the security forces, nine in the ranks of the National Guard, and damaged 45 security vehicles belonging to the police units, and 12 cars belonging to the National Guard.

Tunisian authorities said Friday the number of people detained in a wave of violent protests had risen to almost 800, as fresh unrest over austerity measures hit a provincial town overnight.

Protests against rising prices and tax increased spread to around 10 towns across the North African country, residents told Reuters.

Tunisia's economy has struggled ever since.

The origin point of the Arab Spring, Tunisia is widely perceived as the only democratic success story from the 2011 wave of uprisings (Eurasia Group/Time).

And more demonstrations are planned in the coming days to mark seven years since the ouster of longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 14, 2011.

Rejecting that accusation, Tunisia's main opposition bloc, the Popular Front, called for a major protest in Tunis on Sunday to coincide with the seventh anniversary of Ben Ali's fall. The army was also deployed in several other cities, including Sousse, Kebeli and Bizert to protect government buildings that have become a target for protesters.

On Tuesday, petrol bombs were thrown at a Jewish school on the southern tourist island of Djerba, home to an ancient Jewish community.

Akrem, a 27-year-old protester who declined to give his surname because he fears the police, said unemployment and misery were rife in Tebourba. "The state will remain steadfast", Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said in a video broadcast by local radio after he visited towns hit by clashes.

In the central town of Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the protests that sparked the 2011 uprisings, youths blocked roads and hurled stones, and the police retaliated with tear gas, an AFP reporter said. One protester was killed on Monday after inhaling tear gas and subsequently suffering severe breathing problems.

Deficit reduction is among conditions set by the International Monetary Fund, which is providing $2.9 billion in loans.

The protests draw on anger over price and tax increases included in this year's budget that took effect on 1 January.

Demonstrators clashed with security forces in different parts in Tunisia over recent austerity measures taken by the government.

Fresh unrest in Tunisia after death at price rise demos