Michael D’costa : Activists in Tunisia have called for a major demonstration against the government’s decision to increase taxes and the prices of basic goods, after hundreds of people were arrested in previous days of protests.
Nearly a week of sometimes violent protests across the country followed the announcement of austerity measures in this year’s budget, which took effect on January 1.
More than 770 people have been detained in nearly a week of sometimes violent demonstrations. At least one person has been killed. The UN said it was concerned about the number of arrests during the protests.
Tunisia’s main opposition Popular Front had called for demonstrations through the week.
The group #Fech_Nestannew (What are we waiting for?) also called for more protests on Friday. The protest movement began spontaneously after a few people tagged the phrase on walls across cities in Tunisia, and it quickly gained momentum. Source : Al Jazeera
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