Bodyguards stand near Beji Caid Essebsi (seated), former Tunisian prime minister and leader of the Nida Touns (Call of Tunisia) secular party, as he speaks during a news conference in Tunis February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Anis Mili
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Jobless Tunisian protesters have torched a police post in the impoverished central region of Gafsa, where social discontent is rife over high unemployment despite the strategic importance of its phosphate mines.Tunisia remains prey to sometimes violent social unrest, especially in the neglected centre of the country, more than three years after a street vendor set himself on fire in a desperate act of protest that launched the first Arab Spring uprising.Tunisia's phosphate production, meanwhile, has dropped to 30 percent of capacity since the 2011 uprising, disrupted by strikes and protests despite the government having created jobs for thousands of people in the sector.
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