Tunisian protestors throw stones towards security forces in Tunis' Djebel Lahmer district early on January 10, 2018 after price hikes ignited protests in the North African country. / AFP / Sofiene HAMDAOUI
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Tunisian police arrested 237 people, including two Islamists, for attacking police stations and government buildings and for vandalism in anti-government protests in several parts of the country, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.Demonstrations broke out in the North African country Sunday spreading since then to more than 20 towns as people protest against new tax and price increases imposed by the government on Jan. 1 to reduce a ballooning deficit and satisfy foreign lenders.The government says it wants to cut the public sector wage bill to 12.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2020 from about 15 percent now by offering voluntary redundancies.
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