Tunisia protests: Why are people taking to the streets?

Read this informative article on the current protests taking place under Tunisia's competitive authoritarian regime.

(CNN) – Demonstrators have taken to the streets in a number of Tunisian cities this week, calling for the government to scrap new austerity measures which include a hike in fuel prices and taxes on goods.

At least one man died in clashes that broke out Monday night between dozens of protesters and security forces in the town of Tebourba, near the capital Tunis, according to the state-run TAP news agency. Five security force personnel were injured, the news agency said.

Tunisia's Interior Ministry on Tuesday denied reports that the dead man was run over by a police car and said it was investigating the cause.

A dozen people, including teenagers, were arrested following renewed protests Tuesday night in Tebourba, TAP reported. Dozens more were detained in other towns including Nabeul, Jendouba and Sidi Bouzid following clashes with police, the news agency said.

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