Tunisia: Protests against Rising Prices, Tax Increases Sweep Streets
12 January, 2018, 20:26
Five people were wounded and brought to a hospital, TAP said. The Interior Ministry said that the 43-year old male was not killed due to police violence, but an autopsy would be carried out to determine the cause of death.
Anger over rising prices and government imposed tax hikes have fueled the protests.
Tunisia has been hailed as the only democratic success of the Arab Spring: the one Arab country to topple a long-serving leader in that year's uprisings without triggering widespread violence or civil war.
People protest against the government's decision to raise the prices of fuel and other products for daily use in Tunis, capital of Tunisia, on January 9, 2018. In Sidi Bouzid, the hometown of the Arab Spring, and in Meknassy, a neighboring city, young jobless people have been marching to protest the high cost of living and the lack of jobs.
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"The government is sacrificing the poor and the middle class by raising prices and ignoring tax evaders and businessmen", she said.
The recent unrest started with peaceful protests against the austerity measures last week, but escalated into clashes with police in the night of Monday to Tuesday.
The opposition Popular Front party is calling on the protests to continue on until the government's 2018 budget has been repealed.
He didn't give estimates of the number of protesters that were hurt.
They also feel neglected and angry over price rises the government says are necessary to improve the long-struggling economy and qualify for foreign aid.
"The protesters in marginalized areas are portrayed by the authorities and mainstream media as looters or criminals", she said, but they are expressing "a real social despair".
Hammami, who attended the protests in the capital, Tunis, on Tuesday, said that an estimated 400 people were in attendance.
Last year, the Washington-based International Monetary Fund agreed a four-year loan programme worth about $2.8 billion with Tunisia, tied to economic reforms.
Two major militant attacks in 2015 also greatly damaged the country's tourism industry, which made up eight percent of gross domestic product.
Protests are common in Tunisia in January, when people mark the anniversary of the 2011 revolution.
The country's trade deficit reached a record $5.8bn in the first 11 months of 2017, while its currency - the dinar - weakened to more than three units per euro for the first time ever on Monday, Reuters reported.
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