Hundreds of people clashed with police, blocked roads and burned tires overnight in a northern Tunisian city, with more protests expected before January 14 – the anniversary marking the ouster of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the country’s former president.

At least eight security officers were injured in the coastal town of Nabeul during clashes with young protestors late on Tuesday, according to Tunisia’s press agency TAP.

TAP reported that six government vehicles were also destroyed, while 23 persons were arrested.

In the neighbouring city of Kelibia, an estimated 300 demonstrators fought with police, and some were accused of looting a shopping centre, TAP also reported.

Individuals with “criminal records” infiltrated the protests in Kelibia, in the Nabeul governorate, TAP said.

At least five people were injured in the protests.

In Jebeniana and Sfax, protesters peacefully marched through the two cities. Members of civil society, young people and unemployed graduates were seen marching with schoolchildren and women, according to TAP.

The protesters chanted slogans warning the government of further action if it fails to help curb basic prices of goods.

Protests were also reported in Gafsa and Tebourba, a town of less than 30,000 west of the capital Tunis.

Similar clashes were seen in the impoverished inland regions of Kasserine and Jelma, near Sidi Bouzid, where protests, which sparked the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings that ousted Ben Ali, started.


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