Sonntag, 14.01.2018 / 23:14 Uhr

Zum Jahrestag der 'Jasminrevolution': Neue Proteste in Tunesien

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Tunisians marked the seven-year anniversary of the beginning of the Arab Spring with continued protests amid a wave of unrest over persisting poverty and unemployment.

The North African country is seen as having had a relatively smooth democratic transition since the 14 January, 2011 toppling of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years in power.

But seven years later, anger has risen over new austerity measures after a year of rising prices, with protesters again chanting the 2011 slogans of "Work, Freedom, Dignity".

On Sunday, hundreds gathered in the capital Tunis, responding to calls to protest from a powerful labour union and several political parties.

Security was tight as protesters poured through checkpoints into the capital's Habib Bourguiba Avenue, which was the epicentre of the 2011 protests.

Demonstrators chanted against "poverty and hunger" as they marched up the avenue, accusing "thieves" of having stolen the country.