Tunisia: Protesters shut down main oil pumping station to demand jobs

Protesters closed a key oil pumping station in the southern region of Tataouine, on Thursday, following weeks of unrest calling authorities to reduce unemployment and create jobs in oil companies and infrastructure projects in the southern region. After a standoff with the troops that attempted to contain the crowd, demonstrators managed to take control of the station. Several protesters could be seen closing a valve, while some others were seen waving Tunisian flags by the facility. A spokesperson for the protesters, Tariq Al-Haddad, subsequently said it was «a historic day.» Protesters wanted to put pressure on the government to follow through on their commitment based on the 2017 deal to create jobs in the oil industry in the southern Tataouine region which is struggling with an unemployment rate that is reported to be higher than 30 percent.

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