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Protesters, police clash in Tunisia

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 01:06

Demonstrators clashed with police in the Tunisian city of Kasserine during protests over a lack of jobs. Julie Noce reports.

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Demonstrators demanding jobs clash with police for a second day in the Tunisian city of Kasserine. Police lobbed tear gas.... protesters fired back with rocks. Large crowds burned tires and chanted "work, freedom dignity" during violent protests after an unemployed man killed himself, apparently when he was rejected for a job. Kawther Rahimi has been unemployed since 2012. Her diploma in services and administration is as useless as the paper it's printed on. "We are a family of eight. My sister has a university degree and works as a street cleaner, she said. Supporting eight people, can you imagine?!" At the end of 2015 unemployment in the country was over 15 percent, with university grads making up one-third of the unemployed. There were protests in other cities including the capital, Tunis. The Interior Ministry said one police officer was killed when he was attacked by protesters in Feriana. On Wednesday the government announced plans to hire more than 6, 000 young unemployed people from Kasserine to start construction projects in the region.

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Protesters, police clash in Tunisia

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 01:06