Tunisia Police, Protesters Clash in Deprived Region
Clashes broke out Wednesday in central Tunisia between police and demonstrators protesting economic hardship, as discontent mounts over new taxes and government failure to improve living conditions, three years after the revolution. Dozens of protesters tried to force their way into the offices of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda in the town of Kasserine, but police drove them back with teargas, an AFP journalist reported. In the village of Thala, which lies in the Kasserine region and had already witnessed clashes on Tuesday evening, protesters attacked a police post, partially burning it and driving away the security forces, witnesses said.
Mozambican workers strike, claim abuse by Chinese employers
More than 200 Mozambican construction workers have downed tools in protest at alleged beatings by their Chinese employers and poor working conditions, some of the strikers said Wednesday. The 230 workers, who are employed by a Chinese state-owned construction company to build a three-kilometre (two-mile) bridge and a 74-kilometre ring road in the Mozambican capital Maputo, have been on strike since Saturday.