Tunisia declares nationwide curfew after violent protests
Jan 22, Tunis: Tunisia government has declared a nationwide curfew after days of protests and rioting over jobs and economic conditions. A policeman was killed when demonstrators overturned his car in the town of Feriana.
Protests over unemployment which started in the western Kasserine province, intensified and spread to other parts of the country on Thursday. The rallies were held in cities including Tunis, Sidi Bouzid and Gafsa, with several reports of suicide attempts as frustration over the lack of jobs boiled over.
Protests and clashes with security forces started in Kasserine on Saturday after the death of an unemployed man who was electrocuted on top of a power pole near the governor's office.
Ridha Yahyaoui, 28, was protesting because his name was removed from a list of potential recruits for coveted public sector jobs.
The government has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.
The Oslo Times