One person killed during protests in Tunisia

Unrest over price hikes hits Tunisia authorities probe death

The immediate cause of the unrest is government-imposed price and tax rises, which will raise the cost of basic goods but are said to be essential to cut a ballooning deficit and satisfy global lenders.

Police fired teargas to disperse crowds in Tunis and in Tebourba, a small town nearby where one protester was killed in Monday, witnesses said.

Police have insisted they did not kill the man and said he suffered from "respiratory problems". The police retaliated with tear gas. Trash bins were overturned. It also demanded the government raise the minimum wage and boost pay for construction workers.

The new financial year has also brought with it price hikes on some goods and increased taxes on imports.

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More than 300 people were arrested and almost 50 police officers wounded overnight on Wednesday in continued unrest in Tunisia over price hikes and austerity measures, the interior ministry said. He blamed looters for the disorder.

Clashes between demonstrators and security forces have taken place in at least 20 cities and towns, The Guardian reports. They have been more conciliatory in the past and given some concessions.

In the central town of Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the protests that sparked the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, youths blocked roads and hurled stones. More than 200 people have been arrested across the country.

Seven years after revolution, why are Tunisians still setting themselves on fire? But public anger has festered anew because of the price increases.

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Many wore T-shirts with the slogan "Manich Msamah" (I Will Not Forgive), an anticorruption movement that began in 2015.

'What are we waiting for?' "It is impossible for people to live with dignity today".

Tunisian trade deficit reached a record high of 15.59 billion dinars (about US$6.33 billion) until the end of 2017, data from Tunisia National Institute of Statistics shows.

Sporadic protests continued across parts of Tunisia, overnight, as government security forces tried to put a stop to scattered violence that has hit a number of regions. The Tunisian government allows the demonstrations to release steam, while at the same time trying to promote reforms to improve the economy.

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Leila Ghrairi, 51, a civil servant who came to support the protesters in Tunis, said she was not anxious about another Arab Spring. "This time, because of the conditions of the International Monetary Fund loan I don't think they are going to budge or it will be more hard for them to budge", Mr Aldouri said. "But the violence of the police needs to stop".

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