TUNIS - Tunisian protesters riled over economic deprivation clashed with police on Wednesday and at least 100 people were injured, medical sources said, in further unrest in the country that spawned the Arab Spring uprisings.
Now ruled by an elected Islamist-led government, Tunisia has struggled to revive its economy in the face of a decline in trade with the euro zone and disputes between secularists and Salafi Islamists over the direction of the North African state.
The street clashes began on Tuesday when thousands of people rallied in Siliana, a city in Tunisia's economically deprived interior on the edge of the Sahara desert, to demand the resignation of local officials.
"There are at least 100 wounded and some in critical condition were transferred to other hospitals," Taher Amri, an official in Siliana Hospital, said by telephone. He said police used tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters.
The World Bank on Tuesday approved a $500 million loan to Tunisia to help it recover from the uprising that toppled its former regime, with another $700 million loan coming from other donors.