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One person killed during protests in Tunisia

One person killed during protests in Tunisia”

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed sought to calm anti-austerity protesters on Tuesday with promises of an end to economic hardship, a day after one demonstrator was killed in clashes with police on the previous day.

Authorities are to carry out an autopsy on Tuesday to determine the cause of death of the 43-year-old man in the town of Tebourba, west of Tunis, spokesmen for the interior and health ministries said. Five people were wounded and taken to a hospital, state news agency TAP said.

He said two police stations were burnt during the protests in the capital Tunis and in southern Tunisia. Clashes were also reported from Kasserine, another impoverished central town where hundreds demonstrated against price increases.

In a statement on Tuesday, ministry spokesman Khelifa Chibani said the suspects were rounded up after clashes that broke out in several areas in the country on Monday.

The revolution in Tunisia began in the town in December 2010 after street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire and later died in a protest over unemployment and police harassment that spiralled into Ben Ali's overthrow.

Ghriba Shul on the island of Djerba
Ghriba Shul on the island of Djerba

They listed their demands, including the suspension of the 2018 Finance Act and a return to earlier prices for commodities, said Hamza Nasri, of a campaign group leading the protests.

The protest had turned violent when security forces tried stopping some youths from burning down a government building, witnesses said.

Protests against rising prices and tax increased spread to around 10 towns across the North African country, residents told Reuters.

Tensions have been running high seven years since the uprising, including over the new austerity measures implemented on January 1.

In December, unemployed protesters and activists marched through the streets of Sidi Bouzid, angry over the lack of jobs and opportunities that continue to plague residents.



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