Tunisia deploys army as violent unrest persists

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Tunisian protesters burned down a regional national security headquarters near the Algerian border, prompting authorities to send in troops after police retreated, witnesses said, as unrest over prices and taxes raged on nationwide.

The army has been deployed in Kebeli, Bizerte and the seaside resort city of Sousse among other towns to protect government buildings that have been targeted by protesters.

Around 600 people have been arrested, including more than 300 overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.

“Three hundred and thirty people involved in acts of sabotage and robbery were arrested last night,” Interior Ministry spokesman Khelifa Chibani said.

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