Violence mars Tunisia's Al-Qasrayn general strike

Al-Qasrayn had been one of the first provinces to stage demonstrations during the wave of popular protests that ultimately toppled Ben Ali in 2011.

Violence mars Tunisia's Al-Qasrayn general strike

World Bulletin / News Desk

Demonstrations associated with a general strike in Tunisia's western Al-Qasrayn province on Wednesday saw clashes with security forces and two party headquarters sabotaged, eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency.

The strike was called in response to calls last week by the provincial office of the Tunisian General Labor Union to protest a perceived "absence of social justice."

Eyewitnesses who spoke to AA said that work had been disrupted at most of the province's government offices, while strike participation was weak among private-sector employees.

Hundreds of demonstrators staged a march in which they shouted slogans denouncing a new taxation policy approved by the government for next year's budget.

Security forces used teargas to disperse the crowds, as eyewitnesses reported that a number of anti-government protesters had vandalized and attempted to torch the provincial headquarters of the ruling Ennahda Party.

In Al-Qasrayn's city of Tala, a security headquarters was torched following clashes between protesters and security forces on Tuesday, which carried on into the early hours of Wednesday.

Al-Qasrayn had been one of the first provinces to stage demonstrations during the wave of popular protests that ultimately toppled autocratic president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in early 2011.

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