The government believes that the protests provoked by criminal elements, and the opposition is fueling the people’s anger
The government of Tunisia has decided to use units of the army due to mass protests in the country caused by high prices and taxes.
“On Thursday, January 11, protesters burned the local headquarters of the law enforcement agencies in the border town of Tala, the police retreated from there. Due to conflict in the region has sent soldiers,” – said in the message.
It is noted that all the protests that have been ongoing since Monday, January 8, arrested more than 600 people, about half of them in the last day. The government believes that the protests provoked by criminal elements, and the opposition is fueling the people’s anger. The opposition bloc “people’s front” rejected the accusations and called for a large-scale protest on Sunday, January 14, on the seventh anniversary of “the Second Jasmine revolution” and the overthrow of President Ben Ali.
The protests began against the background of rising prices, and increasing taxes on what the government made of the need to reduce a significant budget deficit. Tunisia is considered the only success story of democracy in the Arab world, however, after the flight of Ben Ali in 2011 in the North African country has had seven governments, none of which failed to improve the economy. The unemployment rate at the end of last year amounted to more than 15 percent, the annual inflation rate was 6.4 percent.
We will remind, in the beginning of November the capital of Romania – Bucharest and other cities of the country held protests against plans by the ruling coalition to revise the judicial code. The protest was attended not less than 12 thousand people. They chanted “We don’t want to be a nation of thieves.”