Tunisia marks Arab Spring anniversary with protests

Jan 15, 2018, 6:24 AM EST
A protest in Tunis, Tunisia, on 1st of May, 2012
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Tunisia, hit by violent protests against the government’s austerity measures, saw thousands of people flocking to the center of Tunis on Sunday to mark the seventh anniversary of the Arab Spring revolution.

Fresh protests erupted after two days of calm even as President Beji Caid Essebsi visited the deprived suburb of Ettadhamen, handing out loans to young people and announcing better healthcare provisions aimed at easing the week-long tensions in the area, writes The Guardian.

Protesters said the Arab Spring earned them the freedom of expression and the current fight will last until the Tunisians secure their economic freedom, notes France 24.