Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
THURSDAY, 17 APR 2014
10:12 AM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
20 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Middle East
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Tunisia police, protesters clash in deprived region
Agence France Presse
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
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
A+ A-

KASSERINE, Tunisia: 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.

In the village of Thala, which lies in the Kasserine region and had already witnessed clashes on Tuesday evening, protesters attacked a police post, partially burning it and driving away the security forces, witnesses said.

The region is one of the poorest in Tunisia and was a hotbed of unrest during the January 2011 revolt that toppled veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Shops and public offices remained closed in Kasserine Wednesday, as hundreds protested in the streets. They shouted slogans including "The people want the fall of the regime," the rallying cry of the Arab Spring.

Tunisia's powerful UGTT trade union confederation called the strike to coincide with the anniversary of the first death in the town during the revolution.

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.

"On this day, which marks the death of the first martyr of the revolution in Kasserine, we wanted to protest against underdevelopment and the poor economic situation," trade unionist Sadok Mahmoudi told AFP.

"The political class must know that we remain committed to the goals of the revolution -- dignity, freedom and work."

Strikes and demonstrations have been on the rise in Tunisia since the autumn, fuelled by the persistent economic malaise and a political crisis triggered by the murder of an opposition politician in July.

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.

On Wednesday, Ennahda expressed "understanding" towards the protest movements, and called for the cash-strapped government to reconsider the new taxes.

The latest social unrest comes as Ennahda and the opposition are locked in tense parliamentary sessions to ratify the long-delayed new constitution before a deadline of January 14. That is the third anniversary of the triumph of Tunisia's uprising, which touched off the Arab Spring.

 
Home Middle East
 
     
 
Tunisia
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Story Summary
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.
Related Articles
 
 
Tunisia arrests Islamist militants after bomb mishap
 
 
Protesters march against police violence in Madrid
 
 
Police arrest 50 in Spain student protest
 
 
Tunisia court orders release of former Ben Ali officials
 
 
Tunisia’s prime minister wants to fix ailing economy
Show More
Entities
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Tuesday April 15, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Silencing Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s hate talk
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Putin will keep rolling, until Obama says no
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS