Tunisian Ennahda's executive board member Amer Larayedh (R) laughs with leftist MP Selma Baccar (L) during a session at the National Constituent Assembly on January 8, 2014 in Tunis. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
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Clashes broke out Wednesday in central Tunisia between police and demonstrators protesting economic hardship, as discontent mounts over new taxes and government failure to improve living conditions, three years after the revolution.Dozens of protesters tried to force their way into the offices of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda in the town of Kasserine, but police drove them back with teargas, an AFP journalist reported.Central Tunisia has long suffered from neglect and a lack of opportunity, which were driving factors behind the popular uprising that began in nearby Sidi Bouzid, when a young street vendor set himself on fire in protest at his impoverished circumstances.In recent days, protests have taken place across the country to denounce a new tax imposed on certain vehicles that came into force this year, with numerous roads blocked by demonstrators.
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