TATOUINE, 1 April 2021 – Tunisian police fired tear gas to disperse crowds of mostly young people protesting unemployment and demanding better paying jobs.
Police said they acted after demonstrators in the southern city of Tatouine tried to storm a government building.
Protest organizers denied the accusation.
Protesters said they were out to demand that the government honor its 2017 pledge to create jobs for them in the oil and infrastructure sectors.
Eyewitnesses said riot police broke up the protests after some of the youth threw stones at the police.
An estimated 34 percent of young people in Tunisia are unemployed, according to The World Bank Group.
The unemployment rates are much higher in rural areas and among young Tunisian women.
One in two young women in rural Tunisia (50.4 percent) are unemployed compared to 32.4 percent in urban areas.