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Tunisians protest poverty, price hikes

Tunisians in their hundreds on Sunday night took to protest in Tunis over poverty, high prices and the shortage of some foodstuff, escalating pressure on the government of President Kais Saied.

Inflation at the moment is running at nearly 9% and there have been cases of shortage of many food items in stores as the country struggles to revive its public finances and cannot afford to pay for some imports.

The North African nation is also in the midst of a severe political crisis since Saied seized control of the executive power last year and dissolved parliament.

According to Reuters, in the poor Douar Hicher district in the capital, some protesters lifted loaves of bread in the air, while others chanted, “Where is Kais Saied?”. as angry youths burned tires.

In the Mornag suburb, young men blocked roads, protesting the suicide of a young man who his family says hanged himself, after municipal police harassed him and seized a weighing machine when he was selling fruit in the street without permission.

Riot police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters in Mornag.

Protesters raised slogans against the police and threw stones.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; editing by Julian Osamoto