New ar­rests in­clude op­po­si­tion lead­ers

The Washington Post - - THE WORLD -

Tu­nisian au­thor­i­ties ar­rested 150 more peo­ple, in­clud­ing op­po­si­tion lead­ers, on Fri­day, bring­ing the to­tal de­tained to nearly 800 in re­sponse to protests this week against price and tax in­creases.

Demon­stra­tions, some vi­o­lent, flared across Tu­nisia on Mon­day, when one pro­tester was killed, be­fore eb­bing Thurs­day. Pro­test­ers have burned dozens of state build­ings, prompt­ing the govern­ment to send the army into sev­eral cities and towns.

Ac­tivists and op­po­si­tion politi­cians ap­pealed for fresh protests in the cap­i­tal, Tu­nis, on Fri­day and Sun­day, the sev­enth an­niver­sary of the top­pling of the coun­try’s au­thor­i­tar­ian pres­i­dent, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. On Fri­day, things were mostly quiet, with just 200 peo­ple protest­ing peace­fully in the cap­i­tal, a wit­ness said.

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