Tunisia: General strikes paralyze 3 cities

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Tunisian protesters shoot slogans during an anti government demonstration on  November 15, 2013 in Tunis.  AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
November 27, 2013 / The Daily Star

TUNIS: Several hundred protesters set fire on Wednesday to the office of  Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party  in the neglected Gafsa  region, one of several areas on strike, an  AFP  journalist reported.

The demonstrators attacked the Ennahda party’s headquarters in the poor  central region after trying to break into the regional governor’s office, where  they were dispersed by police.

The protesters seized files and furniture from the office and burned them in  the road, while preventing firemen from gaining access to the building.

There was no immediate sign of the police.

As in the other regions of Gabes and Siliana,  Gafsa ground to a halt on  Wednesday as a general strike was observed.

The strike was called to protest against poverty and lack of development,  driving factors behind the popular uprising that toppled Tunisia’s former  strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011.

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