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11 Jan 2018

Tunisia hit by new anti-austerity protests

Tunisia hit by new anti-austerity protests
BBC:

Protesters across Tunisia have rallied for a third successive night, as anger over the government's austerity measures spilled over into unrest.

Police used tear gas against large crowds demonstrating against price rises affecting basic goods.

PM Youssef Chahed condemned acts of "vandalism" by the protesters, saying they were trying to weaken the state.

Nearly 240 people have been held, officials say. One person has died and 49 police officers have been injured.

Protests have taken place in at least 10 different areas, including the capital, Tunis, in the last few days.

The protests began peacefully last week, but escalated on Monday evening.

The government has accused demonstrators of torching police cars and attacking officials.

The defence ministry said the army was now protecting banks, post offices and other government buildings in Tunisia's main cities.

Demonstrators have also accused police of a violent crackdown.

"The protests are over the cost of living," one protester in Tunis told the BBC. "Prices of medicine have increased. Everything has, and salaries have not. I don't think this is the right time for price hikes."

Big rallies are planned for Friday.

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