KASSERINE, Tunisia – Unemployed young people from the Tunisian city that touched off nationwide protests say the government is failing them.
A day after a nationwide curfew went into effect, a small crowd gathered Saturday at a government building in Kasserine to renew their demands. In the capital, Tunis, the prime minister said the situation was under control.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi addressed the nation Friday evening, saying he understood the protesters' motivation but blamed criminals for the violence, including looting of a bank and some stores.
In Kasserine, protesters said they were not criminals and simply wanted work. Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring protest movement and the only democracy to rise from those turbulent demonstrations, has unemployment around 15 percent. Among young people, one in three is jobless.