More than 600 people were arrested …

Clashes have occurred for a third consecutive night between police and youth in several cities in Tunisia, where more than 600 people have been arrested since Monday, said Thursday the Ministry of the Interior.

However, the authorities have judged that the intensity of the violence, fueled by the social discontent that has persisted for years, has decreased.

Prove against rising prices

As a reminder, unrest erupted on Monday as the seventh anniversary of the Tunisian revolution approaches, demanding work and dignity and leading to the fall of dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali on January 14, 2011.

The month of January is traditionally a period of social mobilization in Tunisia , where the context is particularly tense this year due to price increases, and municipal elections, the first post-revolution scheduled for May.

The ongoing mobilization

Since Monday, the troubles are mainly in the evening and at night. Some peaceful demonstrations are also held during the day. Thursday noon, dozens of unemployed gathered in the center of Sidi Bouzid , a poor city in the center of the country where the uprising at the end of 2010 had started .

The protest movement against rising prices was launched at the beginning of the year by the “Fech Nestannew” campaign (“What is expected”). Its activists called for a new rally on Thursday late afternoon in Tunis to demand the release of peaceful protesters. He also called for a mobilization on Friday.