One person killed during protests in Tunisia

One person killed during protests in Tunisia

One person killed during protests in Tunisia

Only light damage was caused, as the fire was put out quickly. The reporter could not be identified in accordance with her company policy.

Tuesday's fire was at a smaller prayer site.

In El Kef, unemployed people came out onto the streets demanding to provide jobs, while young people in the country's Kasserine Governorate and the capital city of Tunis held protests against increases in fuel prices and taxes. "Yesterday protesters burned down two police stations, they looted shops, banks and damaged property in many cities", Interior Ministry spokesman Chibani said.

Public anger has been building since January 1, when the government raised the prices of petrol and other items and hiked taxes on cars, phone calls, internet usage and hotel accommodation as part of those economic reforms. The moves were deemed necessary as part of an economic reform package needed to get approval a year ago for a $2.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, as Tunisia tries to overcome its growing economic challenges.


The leader of Tunisia's main opposition party Popular Front, Hamma Hammami, said they would increase protests until the government dropped the "unjust" 2018 budget. Five security force personnel were injured, the news agency said.

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Tuesday promised to crack down on rioters after two days of anti-austerity rallies in the country.

In the northwestern town of Sakiet Sidi Youssef near the border with Algeria, people gathered to protest and demand the solution to the issue of unemployment as well as to develop the country's areas on borders that are in a hard economic situation. But the confrontations between the government, labour unions, Islamists and secular forces that led to the 2011 revolt also started on a small scale.

"At the time of Ben Ali, which we did not like, I filled my stand with vegetables, fruits and other items with 10 dinars, and now 50 dinars do not fill this gap".

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