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Tunisia suspends four over attempted suicide

Published on 28 December 2010 - 5:47pm
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Tunisian authorities have suspended four people over the attempted suicide of an unemployed man that sparked days of protests in the north African country, media reports on Tuesday.

A local government leader in Sidi Bouzid and three of his aides have been removed from duty, including a female officer who had a confrontation with 26-year-old Mohammed Bouazizi, the Achourouk daily reported.

The female officer slapped and spat at Bouazizi, who was selling fruit and vegetables on the streets to support his family, Le Temps daily reported.

Bouazizi doused himself with petrol and set himself alight on December 17, sustaining severe burns, triggering days of protests in the region against high youth unemployment.

Bouazizi left the education system in high school and did not have a degree, contrary to reports that he was a graduate, Le Temps reported.

One protestor died in clashes between mostly unemployed youths and government security forces last Friday.

Tunisia has struggled to create jobs for young people, particularly in poorer interior regions such as Sidi Bouzid.

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