Tunisia: Hundreds demonstrate against poverty and food shortages

In Tunis on the night of September 25 to 26, hundreds of people demonstrated to protest against poverty, soaring prices and food shortages.

Chanting “Jobs, freedom and national dignity”, “We can’t stand crazy price hikes anymore” or “Where’s the sugar?”, some demonstrators brandished loaves of bread, others burned tires in the neighborhood disadvantaged Douar Hicher as reported by Reuters.

In the suburb of Mornag, southeast of the capital, some roads were blocked by protesters. The security forces used tear gas and some demonstrators chanted anti-police slogans and threw stones, according to the Reuters news agency.

Tunisia is going through economic and political crises: inflation is approaching 9% and Tunis can no longer pay for certain imported goods, causing shortages of many food products. President Kais Saied shut down parliament and has since ruled by decree, which opposition parties have called a coup.

Tunisia is seeking a loan from the International Monetary Fund to put its public finances back on track in the short term.

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