Tunisia austerity measures spark violent protests

Jan 11, 2018, 6:25 AM EST
Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed accused the opposition of inciting protesters.
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Streets in several Tunisian cities saw a heavy police and army deployment on Thursday as a wave of violent, anti-government protests over rising prices, taxes and unemployment continues to grip the country for the sixth day.

Police detained more than 300 people overnight taking the total number of arrests to 600 since Monday when protests began as peaceful demonstrations but were soon sabotaged by “acts of vandalism,” notes the BBC.

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, whose government recently imposed hefty taxes to offset growing deficit and international lenders, accused the opposition of inciting people and stoking unrest, writes The Guardian