Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Clashes broke out for a third consecutive night on Sunday (17 January) in several Tunisian cities, between stone-throwing youths and security forces despite a tight coronavirus lockdown.
More than 600 people, mostly youngsters who'd vandalised property and tried to steal from shops and banks.have been arrested during the disturbances in the capital and other cities. Pictures and videos on social media show roadblocks with burning tyres and the police chasing young people down alleyways.
Interior ministry spokesman Khaled Hayouni said on Sunday that those arrested were mostly youths aged between 14 and 17.
The protesters have so far not made any clear demands. There's extensive dissatisfaction in Tunisia where GDP shrank by 9% last year, prices have rocketed, and a third of young people are experiencing unemployment.
The health crisis and following economic problems have forced growing numbers of Tunisians to seek to leave the country.