Hundreds of youths clashed with police in cities across Tunisia late on Monday, throwing stones and gasoline bombs in the capital as security forces used tear gas and water cannons to try to quell the unrest.
Throwing stones and gasoline bombs the streets in Tunisia's capital were on fire late Monday, as hundreds of young people clashed with police.
Protests erupted day after the 10 year anniversary of a revolution that was sparked when a fruit seller set himself on fire, and inspired a wave of revolt across North Africa and the Middle East.
In Tunisia it brought democracy but little material gain and anger has been growing at joblessness and poor state services.
Around 300 young men confronted police in the capital's Ettadamon district and violence followed in several Tunisian cities.
It's uncertain whether demonstrations will last without clear political leadership or backing from major political parties.
The crowd in Ettadamon chanted no slogans on Monday as they clashed with police, but a recently graduated young protester who spoke to Reuters said the goal was to expose their daily struggles, calling for jobs and dignity.
Tunisia was headed toward an economic crisis even before the global health crisis.
On the weekend Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi named 12 new ministers on the weekend in a cabinet reshuffle in an effort to inject new blood into government, amid the rising political tensions.
Ten years after Tunisians toppled their regime and sparked uprisings across the Arab world, they are back on the streets of Tunis and other cities. Nighttime clashes and rioting have engulfed the streets of some of the impoverished areas. The unrest erupted earlier this month over poverty, unemployment and a deteriorating economic situation made worse by the pandemic.
Ten years ago, mass protests demanding freedom and dignity rocked the Arab World and for a while, hope soared that decades of decay and dictatorship were coming to an end. But internal divisions, foreign intervention, war and authoritarians who stopped at nothing to seize or cling to power dashed much of that hope. CNN’s Ben Wedeman covered most of the uprisings and reflects on the meaning of these events.
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Snow has been blanketing the Middle East over the last few days, an exceptionally rare event in countries like Israel, Lebanon and Jordan.
Some areas around the city of Jerusalem in Israel have seen up to 15cm of snow, while a resident in Lebanon said that he hasn’t seen anything similar in at least the last eight years.
Blizzard conditions brought the daily commute in Istanbul to a grinding halt, while roads have been blocked and traffic disrupted in Syria. Report by Bassaneseg. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn