Tunisian protesters clash with riot police during demonstrations against rising prices and tax increases, in Tunis, Tunisia January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
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Tunisian authorities arrested another 150 people including local opposition leaders Friday, bringing the total detained close to 800 in response to demonstrations this week against price and tax rises. Protests, some violent, flared across Tunisia Monday, when one protester was killed, before ebbing Thursday. Protesters have burned dozens of state buildings, prompting the government to send the army into several cities and towns. Activists and opposition politicians appealed for fresh demonstrations in the capital, Tunis, Friday and Sunday, the seventh anniversary of the toppling of dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the first leader to fall in the 2011 Arab Spring protests that swept the region.More than 200 young people rallied in Tunis and marched on administrative offices following a call from the Fech Nestannew (What Are We Waiting For?) campaign for a major protest against the measures imposed at the start of the year.Last year, the Washington-based IMF agreed a four-year loan program worth about $2.8 billion with Tunisia, tied to economic reforms.
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