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Tunisia regains total calm after three nights of unrest

Tunisia regains total calm after three nights of unrest

A new anti-austerity youth movement - named Fech Nestannow, which translates as "What are we waiting for?" - has sprung up since the start of the year and is seeking to rally opposition to the measures.

According to an Anadolu Agency correspondent covering Friday's demonstration, several protesters tried to breach a security barrier set up outside the provincial headquarters but were prevented from doing so by police.

"The people's money is in the palaces, and the children of the people are in the prisons", read one placard.

Tunisian authorities arrested another 150 people including local opposition leaders on Friday, bringing the total detained close to 800 in response to demonstrations this week against price and tax rises.

Tunisian police have arrested 328 people after four nights of anti-austerity protests, Interior Ministry spokesman Col.

Calm returned to the country on Thursday night and there was "no attack against public or private property" in the night of Friday to Saturday, Chibani said.

"Tunisian security forces must refrain from using excessive force and end their use of intimidation tactics against peaceful demonstrators", the watchdog said.




One man died in the unrest on Monday night, but the authorities have insisted the police were not responsible. There was no immediate toll for the number of protesters injured in the unrest.

The protests are prompting fears of a new political crisis in the country that inspired the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

Political scientist Hamza Meddeb said there was "very strong social anger" over a "political class increasingly cut off from the population" and because protests had not yet resulted in any concrete improvement.

In a written statement, Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said authorities must ensure that people are not arrested in an arbitrary manner and that their rights are respected.

The announcement comes the day before the seventh anniversary of anti-government protests that led to the ouster of longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and triggered the so-called Arab Spring, a revolutionary wave of demonstrations across North Africa and the Middle East.

The interior ministry said the aim of the perpetrators was to "sow chaos like that recorded in some parts of the country".


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