Tunisia was the source of protests that started the “Arab Spring” in 2011. In the months that followed, Islamists came to power or threatened existing governments across the Arab world.
Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed sought to calm anti-austerity protesters on Tuesday with promises of an end to economic hardship, a day after one demonstrator was killed in clashes with police on the previous day.
On Monday, protests erupted in more than 10 towns across Tunisia against price and tax increases imposed by the government to reduce a ballooning deficit and an economic crisis. One protester was killed in Tebourba, a town 40 km west of Tunis.
Khelifa Chibani, a spokesman for the interior ministry, said 44 people had been arrested for carrying weapons such as knives, setting government buildings on fire and looting shops.
PM Chahed told reporters that while demonstrations were acceptable, violence was not.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Tunisia crime infowar
Tunisia (TN) is estimated to have a population of 11.2 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.1% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0.6 million.