Tunisia ‘relatively calm’ after four days of ‘riots’: Govt

Scores detained by security forces during four days of anti-austerity demos, government says

Anadolu Agency

Tunisia is enjoying “relative calm” after four days of street protests in which hundreds of people have been detained by police, according to the Interior Ministry.

In a Friday statement, ministry spokesman Khelifa Chibani said the “riots” had largely petered out on Thursday night, describing the current situation as “relatively calm”.

Tunisian security forces, he added, had detained 773 people during demonstrations that kicked off Monday in a number of cities to protest recent government austerity measures.

Tunisian PM promises to crack down on protesters
Reuters Agency

Tunisian PM promises to crack down on protesters

Protests that started across Tunisia in more than 10 towns against price and tax increases entered its fourth day. One person has died and more than 200 people have been arrested in widespread protests, where thousands of youngsters took to the streets, driven by anger over steep price rises resulting from austerity measures. Prime minister Youssef Chahed said on Tuesday that his government respected the people's right to protest but that recent demonstrations had descended into “acts of vandalism, looting and violence against citizens" and promised a crackdown.

Since the “riots” began some four days ago, Chibani said, three police stations and 88 security vehicles had been torched in different parts of the country.

Commodity prices in Tunisia have skyrocketed since the government adopted a raft of austerity measures aimed at reigning in a budget deficit that hit 6 percent of the country’s GDP last year.


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