Number of Tunisians arrested in unrest rises to nearly 800
Tunisian authorities said Friday the number of people detained in a wave of violent protests had risen to nearly 800, as fresh unrest over austerity measures hit a provincial town overnight.
Activists have called for a major protest Friday over the measures introduced at the start of the year that are expected to see prices rise.
An AFP correspondent in the northern town of Siliana reported that police fired tear gas at dozens of youths who pelted them with stones for some three hours overnight.
But the situation appeared calm in other flashpoint towns and neighbourhood across the country that had seen clashes that left dozens of police officers injured.
Interior Ministry spokesman Khalifa Chibani said 151 people were arrested Thursday, taking the number detained for alleged involvement in the violence to 778 after several nights of unrest.