Army deployed and more than 500 people arrested in demonstrations against price and tax rises that started at weekend

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Human rights campaigners and activists have accused Tunisian authorities of an indiscriminate crackdown “of inexplicable violence” as the country braces itself for a weekend of massive protests.

More than 500 protesters have now been arrested and the army deployed in several cities after days of anti-government demonstrations.

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The prime minister, Youssef Chahed, is a member of the Nidaa Tounes party, and heads a broad coalition of Islamist and secular parties that came to power in 2015 after parliamentary elections in 2014. He took over from Habib Essid in August 2016 after Essid lost a confidence vote in parliament. As with the previous eight administrations elected since 2011, Chahed’s coalition has struggled to  tackle growing economic problems.  

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