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Tunisia: Government announces nationwide curfew

Tunisia: Government announces nationwide curfew


A nationwide curfew has been declared in Tunisia following four days of protests and rioting in the country.

The country’s interior ministry said in a statement the imposed curfew begins Friday from 8.00 p.m to 5 a.m. local time, to protect public and private property.

The demonstrations were sparked by the death of a young man who committed suicide after being denied a job position in the public sector.

Protests have since been witnessed in different parts of the country including Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid and Tunis over unemployment and economic conditions.

At least one person has died and several others injured, following the unrest that has seen demonstrators clashing with riot police in local government buildings.

Reports suggest this is the worst unrest in the country, since an uprising that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali five years ago.