Nearly 800 arrested in protests in Tunisia
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.”