15 February 2012 7:23 pm | | 0


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A large mob broke into the district headquarters of Southern Gafsa this morning February 15, causing  chaos and significant damages to public property.

The protesters consisted primarily of unemployed youth, demanding financial assistance. The demonstrators accused the government of dragging its feet in its response to employment demands and called for the ouster of the lead district official.

Protesters blocked the road, then pelted the district headquarters with stones. The offices inside were subsequently destroyed and some of the buildings archives were burnt.

The district government already began distributing financial assistance to people in need in the region since January 2012. The federal government also provided 350,000 million Tunisian Dinars toward development of the region and alleviating unemployment.

The lead district official stated, “The crowd inflicted major damages on their own district. There was a total lack of police or military presence to obstruct any further damages.”

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