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Shouting slogans and holding up placards outside a government office in the impoverished Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid, university graduates have a message for officials – give us jobs or you will face trouble.I don't have hopes anymore that things will improve," Hussein said.He and his friends had hoped the 2011 revolution would translate into new jobs in public services, which Ben Ali had steadily expanded to buy loyalty – Tunisia's spending on public wages is around 15 percent of GDP, one of the highest levels worldwide.The jobs have never transpired due to austerity-driven hiring freezes.Sidi Bouzid is located just 200 kilometers inland from coastal Tunis but it takes four hours to reach the city of 300,000 people by car as there is no highway or railway service.Eight officials have been jailed so far but Parliament passed an amnesty last year for old Ben Ali regime figures accused of graft, which upset many ordinary people.
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