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hundreds arrested as violent protests spread across tunisia

tunis, tunisia — tunisian authorities said wednesday that 237 people were arrested and dozens of others injured across the country in recent days as violent protests against government-imposed price hikes spread to more cities and regions.the interior ministry said that those arrested took part in looting, thefts and arson. some blocked roads with blazing tires and targeted police stations, municipal depots, stores and banks."these acts were carried out at night and have nothing to do with the ongoing protests," the ministry's spokesman, khalifa chibani, told tunisian news agency tap.he said 58 members of the security forces were injured and 57 police vehicles damaged, but didn't say how many protesters were hurt. one protester died monday.the latest unrest recalled the protest movement that led to the ouster of authoritarian president zine el abidine ben ali seven years ago. the 2010-2011 tunisian revolt sparked uprisings across the arab world, called the arab spring.tunisia's economy has struggled ever since. the current protests are being driven by economic considerations related to a new budget law.the tunisian government is raising fuel prices and taxes on many products and services to reduce the country's annual deficit. deficit reduction is among conditions set by the international monetary fund, which is providing $2.9 billion in loans.trying to calm down protesters' anger, prime minister youssef chahed made a surprise visit to tebourba, a town about 30 kilom...