The full scale of social unrest in Tunisia is emerging with claims that at least 20 people have been killed by security forces this weekend alone.
Trade unionists in the capital Tunis have voiced their support for the demonstrations over unemployment. The opposition is demanding an immediate ceasefire from the authorities.
Speaking to euronews from the flashpoint town of Kasserine, Mohamed Taher Khadraoui of Tunisia’s opposition Progressive Democratic Party said the hospital there alone had reported 18 deaths. He said the hospital was full, with more than 60 injured people.
“There are not enough medical staff. We are expecting the death toll to increase. It could exceed 40,” he said.
As the Tunisian community in Paris denounced a media crackdown in the former French colony, the government in Tunis acknowledged eight deaths. It has said police have been injured, at least two of them critically hurt, and that security forces fired in legitimate defence.