By Sana Ajmi | Dec 9 2011construction workers , disruption , Gafsa Phosphate Company , Gafsa Sit-ins , manifestations ,
Security forces began dispersing protests in the Gafsa region of central TunisiaÂ yesterday afternoon.
Protesters had been staging sit-ins in front of the offices of the governorate of Gafsa and elsewhere in the region since one week ago, demanding jobÂ opportunitiesÂ and improvement of their living conditions.
Security sources stated that they had anticipated unfriendly reactions and had taken all necessary precautions. They said they planned on continuing operations over the next several days in order to open blocked roads and to end the disruption ofÂ public offices.