Maghreb Arab Press

778 People Arrested in Tunisia over Unrest

Tunis  -  
The total number of detainees since the start of protests in Tunisia has reached 778, Interior Ministry spokesman said on Friday.
778 People Arrested in Tunisia over Unrest
12 January 2018

"The protests have declined and there was no damage, but last night the police arrested 150 people involved in rioting in the past few days, bringing the total number of detainees to 778," Interior Ministry spokesman Khelifa Chibani said.

Sixteen "Islamist extremists" were among those detained, he added.

The protests draw on anger over price and tax increases included in this year's budget that took effect on Jan. 1.

Protests, some violent, flared across Tunisia on Monday, when one protester was killed, before ebbing on Thursday. Protesters have burned dozens of state buildings, prompting the government to send the army into several cities and towns.

Last modified : 12 January 2018

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