Political Unrest
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Tunisia arrests protesters, deploys army amid unrest

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/11/18, 11:07 am

Officials in Tunisia arrested more than 300 protesters and deployed the army to several cities across the country in response to violent anti-government demonstrations that began Monday. The Tunisian government on Jan. 1 increased taxes on gasoline, internet access, and some food in a bid to curb the country’s growing deficit. But protesters complained about the high prices while so many continue to battle unemployment and low salaries. Troops were deployed to the town of Thala, near the Algerian border, after protesters burned down the national security building, witnesses said.

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Iranian lawmaker: Thousands arrested during protests

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/09/18, 10:43 am

Security officials have arrested about 3,700 Iranians during anti-government protests that began nearly two weeks ago, according to an Iranian reformist lawmaker. The latest tally is far higher than the government’s report, which said officials arrested “hundreds” of protesters in the capital city of Tehran. Mahmoud Sadeghi did not explain how he came up with the higher arrest total, but human rights groups say Sadeghi’s figures are more believable. Demonstrations against high unemployment and government corruption began Dec. 28 in the city of Mashhad and spread across the country.

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Rohingya militants claim attack against Myanmar’s army

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/08/18, 09:57 am

A Rohingya Muslim militant group said it has “no other option” but to defend its community, claiming responsibility for a Friday attack on Myanmar security forces. The attack is the latest large-scale assault since the August offensive that resulted in a deadly backlash against the minority Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar’s army reported about 10 Rohingya Muslims from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) injured two officers and a driver Friday after they ambushed a car with handmade mines and gunfire.

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