Tunisia clashes spread over tough living conditions | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

Dec. 27, 2018 | 12:06 AM

Riot police clash with protesters during demonstrations, in Kasserine, Tunisia December 25, 2018. REUTERS/Amine Ben Aziza

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 27, 2018, on page 7.



Clashes between Tunisian protesters and security forces spread from an impoverished western city overnight, authorities said Wednesday, as anger grew over the death of a journalist who set himself on fire over economic conditions.

The unrest follows the death of 32-year-old journalist Abderrazk Zorgui Monday after setting himself ablaze in Kasserine.

It was the self-immolation of a street vendor in Tunisia in late 2010 in protest at police harassment that sparked Tunisia's revolution and the Arab Spring uprisings across the rest of the region the next year.

Kasserine was one of the first cities to rise up after the vendor's death, in protests that saw police kill demonstrators.