Nearly 800 ar­rested in protests in Tu­nisia

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - WORLD -

TU­NIS, TU­NISIA >> Au­thor­i­ties in Tu­nisia have ar­rested nearly 800 peo­ple who were protest­ing tax in­creases and other gov­ern­ment poli­cies af­ter a se­ries of clashes with po­lice. The ar­rests have alarmed ob­servers of Tu­nisia, the only coun­try to emerge from the tur­moil of the Arab Spring with a sem­blance of a sta­ble democ­racy.

Although some of those who were ar­rested were re­leased, the num­ber drew crit­i­cism from hu­man rights groups.

“Some 778 peo­ple we un­der­stand have now been ar­rested since Mon­day,” Ru­pert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights, said Fri­day, “and around a third of those ar­rested were be­tween the ages of 15 and 20.”

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