A Tunisian policeman, wearing a red armband in protest over low wages and difficult working conditions, stand guard on Habib Bourguiba avenue in Tunis on January 18, 2016. / AFP / FETHI BELAID
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Police fired tear gas and clashed with protesters demanding jobs in the impoverished Tunisian city of Kasserine Wednesday, as smaller demonstrations broke out in the capital and at least eight other towns, residents said.Police fired clouds of tear gas after protesters tried to storm a police station in Kasserine, a Reuters witness said. Burning tyres blocked streets as police chased down groups of protesters.Despite a shift to democracy since the toppling of Ben Ali, many Tunisians worry more about unemployment, high living costs and the ongoing marginalization of rural towns – all factors that helped fuel the 2011 uprising.
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