2016 Tunisian protests

2016 Tunisian protests
Date 15–22 January 2016
Location Kasserine, Tunis, Sidi Bouzid, and Gafsa[1]
Caused by High unemployment rates
Resulted in Curfew
Parties to the civil conflict
Tunisian youth


  • Tunisian police
Lead figures
Chedli Boualeg
Youssef Chahed
(Prime Minister)
Beji Caid Essebsi
40 injured
59 injured

In January 2016, protests erupted in the Kasserine region of Tunisia over unemployment. These unemployment rates were 30% in the region as compared to the national 15.3%.[2] In particular, there was high youth unemployment. The protests consisted of violence against the police and marching on Tunis. The incidents continued for a week injuring 59 officers and 40 protestors until the government imposed a curfew.[3]


  1. "Tunisia unemployment protests spread to capital". Al Jazeera. 21 January 2016.
  2. Tarek Amara (20 January 2016). "Tunisia police, protesters clash in several towns over jobs". Reuters.
  3. Chris Stephen (22 January 2016). "Tunisia imposes curfew as unrest grows over lack of jobs". The Guardian.
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