Clashes in Tunisia town that sparked Arab Spring

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Clashes in Tunisia town that sparked Arab Spring

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Tunisian police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse anti-government protesters in Sidi Bouzid, the town known as the cradle of last year’s revolution that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.

The reason was familiar: unemployment. Hundreds of young people took to the streets demanding jobs and the dismissal of the city’s governor. At least five people were reported injured.

A year after jobless graduate Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in Sidi Bouzid, setting alight protests that toppled President Ben Ali’s regime, many believe the new government has failed to deliver.

The latest demonstration came a few days after protesters clashed with police in the capital Tunis.

Dubbed the “Night of Anger”, Sunday’s protest was over a range of issues, both economic and social.

Activists claim government is still riddled with corruption and favouritism, the courts are not independent, demonstrations have been banned and protesters mistreated by police.

The Ennahda-led administration has also been criticised for trying to implement Islamist measures and suppress free speech.