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Fears from New Social Outbreak in Tunisia

Fears from New Social Outbreak in Tunisia

Tunisian authorities fear new social outbreak to take place, especially after the demonstrations and strikes that continued for the fifth day in a row and extended to reach half of the country’s states, by the time they actually began in the northern Kasserine region.

Sidi Bouzid and 10 other Tunisian cities witnessed protests and clashes with security forces over unemployment in the country.

Thousands have roved to the streets across the country calling for “work, freedom, dignity,” the cry of Tunisian youth today, the same as it was in 2011.

The protest marchers called for extending the exceptional measures in the development and operation sectors, which was actually approved by the government.

Unemployed protestors broke into several government centers, including headquarter of the Ministry of Education.

In the meantime, security sources accused unidentified people of distributing funds in Kasserine for the protesters in order to further inflame protests, indicating the presence of suspicious movements by terrorist organizations within Kasserine region, where the radical “Uqba ibn Nafi’s” battalion is fortified.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Habib Essid cut short the World Economic Forum in Davos, and would visit Kasserine on Saturday.