Protests In Siliana, Tunisia

December 1, 2012 by  

Protests In Siliana, Tunisia, Siliana, Tunisia: Fresh clashes broke out on Saturday for the fifth straight day in Tunisia’s flashpoint town of Siliana, where police are battling to maintain order, as unrest spreads and political instability mounts two years after the revolution.

Separate clashes erupted between police and demonstrators in Bargou, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of Siliana, epicentre of Tunisian unrest this week, where residents are demanding the governor’s resignation, financial aid and the withdrawal of police.

In Siliana itself, where intense clashes since Tuesday have left more than 300 people wounded, around 100 stone-throwing youths attacked the police, injuring one of them in the head, an AFP journalist reported.

Security forces fired tear gas in response.

The protesters erected barricades from branches and tyres, setting some of them on fire.

Precarious living conditions, widespread unemployment and police brutality were driving factors behind the revolution that toppled former strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January last year and touched off the Arab Spring.

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