Tunisia declares national curfew amid unemployment protest violence

Published: Friday 22nd January 2016 by The News Editor

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Tunisia has declared a nationwide curfew as protests across the country over unemployment descended into violence in several cities.

The Interior Ministry said the curfew would last from 8pm on Friday to 5am on Saturday as the spreading unrest is a danger to public safety.

Prime minister Habib Essid cut short a visit to France to deal with the protests, which were triggered in Kesserine on Sunday when a young man who lost out on a government job climbed a transmission tower in protest and was electrocuted.

Walid Louguini, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said police stations came under attack in southern Tunisia, and security officers and protesters faced off in several cities.

In housing projects on the outskirts of the capital, Tunis, roving groups of young people pillaged a bank and looted stores and warehouses.

Tunisia’s unemployment stands around 15%, but is 30% among young people.

Published: Friday 22nd January 2016 by The News Editor

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