Violent protests continue in Tunisia

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 16.1.2018 20:33

On Sunday 14 January, Tunisia continued to witness violent demonstrations to which police reacted with tear gas. Hundreds of people gathered in the capital of Tunis to protest against government austerity measures and unemployment, further prompted by the seven-year anniversary of the beginning of the so-called Arab Spring.

After several days of calm, new protests were sparked following the previous unrest in Tunisia and clashes with security forces, including the army, after the government announced a rise in taxes and social security contributions in early January. According to the Interior Ministry, one demonstrator has been killed, more than 100 police officers are injured, and more than 800 people have been arrested. As a result of the unrest, the government was forced to declare on Saturday a new package of social reforms and free access to health care. Tunisia is generally perceived as a successful country in the transition to democracy, but the economic crisis persists, especially after a series of terrorist attacks in 2015 that has damaged the major tourism industry. Tunisia regularly experiences protests, but this year, the protests have been more extensive than the previous year.

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