Tunisia deploys army to suppress growing unrest


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The Tunisian government arrested 300 people and deployed the army to quash protests across the country sparked by rising taxes, high unemployment, and increased food prices.

Anti-government demonstrations began on January 8 and grew increasingly violent over the following days, resulting in at least one death. Troops were deployed to protect government buildings on January 10 after demonstrators burned down a national security building in Thala, near the Algerian border.

The origin point of the Arab Spring, Tunisia is widely perceived as the only democratic success story from the 2011 wave of uprisings (Eurasia Group/Time). High levels of external debt and a tourism industry hampered by terrorist threats have seen the country’s economy stagnate, however.

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