New arrests include opposition leaders
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.