Tunisians protest in southern town after man sets himself alight

epa05992241 Tunisian protesters hold Tunisian flags during a protest to support the head of government Youssef Chahed near the Government Palace in the Kasbah, Tunis, Tunisia, 26 May 2017. More than a thousand people gathered at the Kasbah Square to express their support for the head of government, Youssef Chahed, in his 'war against figures of corruption' he declared last 24 May. EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

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Tunisian police used tear gas to disperse dozens of protesters who blocked roads in the southern town of Jelma on Saturday following the death of a young man who burned himself to death, witnesses said.

Abdelwahed Hablani, 25, set himself on fire and died in hospital on Friday in protest at poverty and poor living conditions, echoing the 2010 self immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi, whose death triggered the Arab Spring.

The protesters on Saturday afternoon burnt tyres before police intervened to reopen roads, firing tear gas canisters, the witnesses said, but the demonstrations were continuing late into Saturday evening.

Via Reuters

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