Tunisians riot over economy

Updated 15 May 2014
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Tunisians riot over economy

TUNIS: Riots over Tunisia’s economy flared overnight in towns around the country, leaving one dead and posing an immediate challenge to the new prime minister and the country’s path to democracy.
Crowds protested late Friday outside the government finance buildings in the low-income neighborhood of Ettaddamon over new taxes levied by the outgoing government described as necessary to fill yawning holes in the country’s budget.
The tax hikes were hastily suspended by the outgoing prime minister, but the decision failed to calm angry crowds and casts doubt on future government efforts to rein in spending and raise revenues.
Police reported that local criminals took advantage and began looting stores and clashing with authorities. They were dispersed with tear gas, Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said Saturday.
Nearly 50 people were arrested in clashes in suburbs of Tunis, Aroui said.
In another clash, one young protester was killed and a police officer was injured in the town of Bouchebka on the Algerian border, Aroui said. He said an investigation is under way into what happened.
The latest riots came hours after a new caretaker prime minister, Mehdi Jomaa, was charged with forming a technocratic Cabinet to guide the country to new elections.
“I will do everything in my power to confront the challenges, overcome the obstacles and restore stability and security to Tunisia,” the new prime minister told reporters after the swearing-in.
After the economy shrank 2 percent in 2011, growth returned at 2.7 percent in 2013, but that is far below the level needed to create jobs. Unemployment hovers at 17 percent.


Thousands of Houthi violations leave hundreds of civilians dead in Yemen

The Houthi violations included the random detention and abduction of citizens. (File/AFP)
Updated 22 September 2019

Thousands of Houthi violations leave hundreds of civilians dead in Yemen

  • The violations included the killing of 172 children, 106 women and 101 elderly
  • The report also revealed 12,673 families had been displaced

DUBAI: The Houthi militia committed 16,000 violations in the last three years against civilians in Yemen’s Al-Jawf province, according to the Right to Life Organization in Yemen.

The violations, between July 2016 and September 2019, included the killing of 172 children, 106 women and 101 elderly, there were also 786 injured, including 290 children and 113 women, state news agency SPA.

The report also revealed 12,673 families had been displaced, while14 homes, 45 schools, and 11 health facilities had all been bombed.

The Houthi violations also included the random detention and abduction of citizens during the same time.