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Tunisians protest against poverty, high prices and food shortages

Tunisians protest against poverty, high prices and food shortages

HUNDREDS of Tunisians protested night in the capital against poverty, high prices and the shortage of some foodstuff, escalating pressure on the government of President Kais Saied, as the country suffers an economic and political crisis. Tunisia is struggling to revive its public finances as discontent grows over inflation running at nearly 9% and a shortage of many food items in stores because the country cannot afford to pay for some imports. The North African nation is also in the midst of a severe political crisis since Saied seized control of the executive power last year and dissolved parliament in…
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Five Congolese police officers killed in protest over eastern jailbreak

Five Congolese police officers killed in protest over eastern jailbreak

ERIKAS MWISI KAMBALE FIVE Congolese police officers were killed in the eastern city of Butembo and security vehicles were burned, local authorities said, as public frustration mounted after suspected Islamists freed more than 800 inmates from the central prison. Protests broke out in western parts of Butembo, with participants angry about how the prison in the middle of the city was attacked on Wednesday with such apparent ease, said Van Germain Katsiwa, a representative of a local civil society group. "The situation is critical - we've seen a massive break-out in Butembo and we don't know where they've escaped to,"…
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Five DRC police officers killed in protest

Five DRC police officers killed in protest

ERIKAS MWISI KAMBALE FIVE Congolese police officers were killed in the eastern city of Butembo and security vehicles were burned, local authorities said, as public frustration mounted after suspected Islamists freed more than 800 inmates from the central prison. Protests broke out in western parts of Butembo, with participants angry about how the prison in the middle of the city was attacked on Wednesday with such apparent ease, said Van Germain Katsiwa, a representative of a local civil society group. "The situation is critical - we've seen a massive break-out in Butembo and we don't know where they've escaped to,"…
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Tunisian judges suspend strike

Tunisian judges suspend strike

THREE Tunisian judges' unions have decided to suspend a four-week-long strike started in protest at Tunisian President Kais Saied's dismissal of 57 judges on June 1, they said. Saied had accused the judges of corruption and protecting terrorists, charges which the Tunisian Judges' Association said were mostly politically motivated.
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Tunisia: Hundreds protest against President

Tunisia: Hundreds protest against President

TAREK AMARA HUNDREDS of people demonstrated in Tunis on a second day of protest against a constitutional referendum called by President Kais Saied that his opponents say would cement his hold on power. The demonstration was organised by the Salvation Front, a coalition including the moderate Islamist Ennahda, the largest party in a parliament that Saied dissolved in March. It followed a similar protest on Saturday called by the Free Constitutional Party over the referendum, and a strike on Thursday by a powerful labour union over government economic reform plans, which brought much of the county to a standstill. The…
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Tunisian judges to strike for a week in protest over purge

Tunisian judges to strike for a week in protest over purge

TAREK AMARA TUNISIA'S judges will suspend work in courts for a week and hold a sit-in to protest against a purge of their ranks, amid growing tensions over the president's attempts to consolidate one-man rule. President Kais Saied this week dismissed 57 judges, accusing them of corruption and protecting terrorists in a crackdown on the judiciary - his latest step to tighten his grip on power in the North African country. Judge Hammadi Rahmani said a meeting of judges on Saturday voted unanimously to suspend work in all courts and to start the sit-in. The strike will start on Monday…
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What’s behind the mass protests in Mali?

What’s behind the mass protests in Mali?

MOHAMED SALAHA and PHILIP KLEINFELD PROTESTORS took to the streets of Mali’s capital recently for the latest in a series of mass demonstrations calling for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who has struggled to stem rising jihadist and inter-communal violence in northern and central parts of the country after seven years in power. Malian analysts say the protests – which began last month – represent the most serious threat 75-year-old Keita, commonly known as IBK, has faced since he was elected president a year after a military coup helped extremist groups take control of large chunks of Mali’s…
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Eritrean refugees protest in camps

Eritrean refugees protest in camps

DAWIT ENDESHAW and AYENAT MERSIE HUNDREDS of Eritrean refugees protested in the Ethiopian capital on Thursday, calling on the United Nations refugee agency to relocate friends and family who they say are trapped in two refugee camps by fighting in the Tigray region. Clashes between armed groups have escalated in and around the camps - Mai Aini and Adi Harush - and two refugees have been killed this month, the UNHCR said this week. The agency said it lost access to the camps on July 14. The United States said on Tuesday it was deeply concerned about the fate of…
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Protests erupt in Ivory Coast against Ouattara’s third term bid

Protests erupt in Ivory Coast against Ouattara’s third term bid

POLICE  in Ivory Coast have fired tear gas to break up demonstrations against President Alassane Ouattara's decision to run for a third term in office that opponents say jeopardises the West African country's democracy. Protesters set up barricades and shut down down traffic in several towns including the commercial capital Abidjan, where a burning bus sent high plumes of black smoke from the densely-populated Yopogoun district. Demonstrators also torched a truck in the western city of Bangolo, witnesses said. Violent protests have rocked Ivory Coast since Ouattara, in power since 2010, said he would run for a third term in…
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Security forces head off anti-government protests in Zimbabwe

Security forces head off anti-government protests in Zimbabwe

MACDONALD DZIRUTWE STREETS were deserted and businesses shut in Zimbabwe's two main cities on Friday after security forces were deployed to prevent anti-government marches called by activists over corruption and economic hardship. Protesters stayed away. Job Sikhala, an opposition lawmaker and one of the protest organisers, said the heavy security presence showed a state afraid of its citizens. He added: "Protracted demonstrations will be the way forward." He is among more than a dozen activists who are in hiding and who police say they are seeking for promoting Friday's protests. In Bulawayo and central Harare, the capital, businesses were shut…
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