778 arrested in Tunisia unrest over price hikes

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Published on 13 Jan 2018, 12:26
A total of 778 people were arrested in Tunisia for looting, roadblocks and vandalism after clashes between protesters and security forces over price hikes.

The clashes have caused damage in 11 provinces to municipal depots, police stations, private businesses, commercial spaces and banks.

Protests were held over rising prices of fuels, mobile phone fees, cosmetics, internet tariffs, and the new finance law which increases certain taxes.

96 security guards were injured and 87 vehicles were damaged during the three nights of confrontation.

There were 16 religious extremists arrested, 11 of who were detained in order to participate in and incite violence.

31% of participants in looting and vandalism are between 15 and 20 years old, while 55% are between the ages of 21 and 30.
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