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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2021 file photo, demonstrators face police officers during clashes in Ettadhamen City near Tunis. Protests have swept towns and cities throughout Tunisia for a week, often turning to violence as demonstrators denounce what they say are broken promises from the government, which hasn't been able to turn around an economy on the verge of bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)

Tunisia bans protests, extends curfew as virus cases jump

Jan. 23, 2021 10:28 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia is extending its virus curfew and banning demonstrations as it tries to stem a rapid rise in infections and calm tensions after a week of protests and rioting over economic troubles. Starting Monday, the government is also forbidding travel between regions and ordering all...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2021 file photo, demonstrators face police officers during clashes in Ettadhamen City near Tunis. Protests have swept towns and cities throughout Tunisia for a week, often turning to violence as demonstrators denounce what they say are broken promises from the government, which hasn't been able to turn around an economy on the verge of bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)

Poverty and hopelessness beget violence in Tunisia's suburbs

Jan. 22, 2021 10:56 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Protests have swept towns and cities throughout Tunisia for a week, often turning to violence as demonstrators denounce what they say are broken promises from the government, which hasn’t been able to turn around an economy on the verge of bankruptcy. Many protesters are...

Tunisian leader denies claims he made anti-Semitic remarks

Jan. 21, 2021 1:17 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Tunisian president has denied claims that he made anti-Semitic remarks this week while trying to calm youths after days of unrest. Kais Saied's statement was in response to allegations by the Conference of European Rabbis that he accused Jews of being responsible “for the...

Demonstrators face police officers during clashes in Ettadhamen City near Tunis, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A growing groundswell of youth unrest, tapping into a well of economic frustration, is sweeping Tunisia and worrying its leadership all the way to the top. It is, after all, the country that triggered the 2011 Arab Spring revolutions. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

Outreach by Tunisian leaders fails to quell youth unrest

Jan. 20, 2021 3:53 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian youth clashed with police overnight, maintaining their protests and riots over economic difficulties despite efforts by the president and the prime minister to calm tensions. "Your voice is heard, and your anger is legitimate, and it is my role and the role of the government...

Police officers face demonstrators during clashes in Ettadhamen City near Tunis, Tunisia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A growing groundswell of youth unrest, tapping into a well of economic frustration, is sweeping Tunisia and worrying its leadership all the way to the top. It is, after all, the country that triggered the 2011 Arab Spring revolutions. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

AP Explainer: Why are youth protests sweeping Tunisia?

Jan. 19, 2021 6:09 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A growing groundswell of youth unrest, tapping into a well of economic frustration, is sweeping Tunisia and worrying its leadership all the way to the top. It is, after all, the country that triggered the 2011 Arab Spring revolutions. A third of the North African nation’s young...

FILE - In this Oct.11, 2009 file photo, then Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali waves from his car at a campaign rally in Rades, outside Tunis.  Swiss authorities said Monday Jan. 18, 2021, they are preparing to lift a freeze on tens of millions of dollars’ worth of assets linked to former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled with his family to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and died in 2019. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)

Swiss to lift freeze on millions linked to ex-Tunisia leader

Jan. 18, 2021 2:02 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities are preparing to lift a freeze on tens of millions of dollars’ worth of assets linked to former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, a decade after the longtime autocrat was driven from power in an uprising that set off the so-called “Arab Spring”...

Police officers face demonstrators during clashes in Ben Arous, Tunisia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Police used tear gas to disperse violent protests led by disgruntled youths in several Tunisian cities Saturday night to Sunday, including in the capital Tunis and the seaside city of Sousse. Though the causes are unclear, Tunisians are angry that the North African country is on the verge of bankruptcy and has dire public services. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

Tunisian army units, police quell unrest in many areas

Jan. 18, 2021 11:00 AM EST

Tunisia's defense ministry said Monday that army units deployed overnight and police have quelled days-long social unrest that saw violent protests by young people in various cities across the North African country. The ministry said military units were called in on Sunday night to protect public buildings and...

Violent youth protests hit Tunisia amid economic turmoil

Jan. 17, 2021 6:05 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Police used tear gas to disperse violent protests led by disgruntled youths in several Tunisian cities overnight, including in the capital of Tunis and in the seaside city of Sousse. Tunisians in general are angry that the North African country is on the verge of bankruptcy and has...

Tunis' landmark Avenue Habib Bourgiba, where massive protests took place in 2011, is empty on the tenth anniversary of the uprising, due to a national lockdown after a surge in COVID-19 cases, in Tunis, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Tunisia is commemorating the 10th anniversary since the flight into exile of its iron-fisted leader, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, pushed from power in a popular revolt that foreshadowed the so-called Arab Spring. But there will be no festive celebrations Thursday marking the revolution in this North African nation, ordered into lockdown to contain the coronavirus.  (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Tunisia marks revolution's 10th anniversary in lockdown

Jan. 14, 2021 6:20 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia on Thursday commemorated the 10th anniversary since the flight into exile of iron-fisted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was pushed from power in a popular revolt that foreshadowed pro-democracy uprisings, strife and civil war in the region during what became known as...

Hosni Kalaeyah, 49, a protester who self immolated during Tunisia's democratic uprising 10 years ago, poses for a portrait in Tunis, Tunisia, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Kalaeyah set himself on fire during the uprising. Now 49, Kalaeya lives with permanent scars on his face and missing fingers. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

AP PHOTOS: Tunisia revolution victims plea for recognition

Jan. 13, 2021 10:49 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Some lost a leg, some gaze out from permanently scarred faces, others live forever bound to a wheelchair. All these men were injured in Tunisia’s democratic uprising 10 years ago, and they are begging the government to recognize them as official victims of the revolution. As...