>> Protests, clashes with police, and more than 230 arrests in Tunisia on Wednesday, the third day of anti-austerity rage in towns and cities across the country. Anger has been building since the January 1st budget. The cash strapped government raised prices, including petrol, and increased taxes on cars and phone and internet use, unfairly targeting the poor and middle class, critics say.
Tunisia was the democratic success story of the 2011 Arab Spring but since then, it has nine governments, none able to heal the country's growing economic problems. The Interior Ministry said those arrested had attacked police stations and government buildings. On the southern island of Djerba, petrol bombs were hurled at a school belonging to an ancient Jewish community.
There were no protests in Djerba, so locals said the assailants had exploited the fact that the police were deployed elsewhere.