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Protests in Tunisia after journalist sets himself on fire

Journalist Abderrak Zorgui posted a video online before his self-immolation [Twitter]

Date of publication: 25 December, 2018

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The death of a Tunisian journalist Abderrak Zorgui who set himself on fire to protest economic problems in the North African nation prompted a protest late on Monday.
The death of a Tunisian journalist who set himself on fire to protest economic problems in the North African nation prompted a protest late on Monday, which led to clashes with police.

Journalist Abderrak Zorgui posted a video online before his self-immolation in the struggling provincial city of Kasserine describing his desperation and calling for revolt.

Zorgui expressed frustration at unemployment and unfulfilled promises of Tunisia’s 2011 Arab Spring revolution.

Authorities said Zorgui died of his injuries on Monday soon after being taken to the hospital.

His actions prompted a protest on Monday night in Kasserine that degenerated into violence, with police firing tear gas to disperse protesters who blocked roads and threw stones.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sofiane Zaag said on Tuesday that several people were injured and several arrested.

Another protest is planned Tuesday in Tunis, the capital.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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