The injured Tunisian protester dies and results in new clashes

TUNIS (Reuters) – A Tunisian protester injured in clashes with police died in hospital, state media reported on Monday, leading to more violent clashes between protesters and security services in the city of Sbeitla.

Haykel Rachdi’s family told local media that he was hit by a tear gas canister after joining protests that broke out this month to mark the anniversary of the 2011 revolution in Tunisia that established democracy.

Prosecutors in Kasserine, the largest city near Sbeitla, about three hours south of the capital Tunis, have ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death for Rachdi, state news agency TAP said.

Following news of his death, a group of young men attempted to storm and set fire to the police station in Sbeitla, which led to further clashes, TAP reported.

It raised the temperature ahead of demonstrations on inequality and police abuse planned in Tunis and other cities on Tuesday and supported by rights groups.

During a protest in central Tunis on Saturday, demonstrators were prevented from entering the main boulevard, but hundreds marched through the city center chanting, “The people want the regime to overthrow”.

Although Tunisia has free elections and more freedom of speech than its neighbors, its revolution has brought no material benefit to most citizens, with an economy that has stalled for years and declining public services.

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