The Tunisian government implemented a four percent fuel price increase on Monday, April 1, prompting protests in several cities nationwide. Demonstrations and roadblocks were reported on roads between Jemmal and Zaouia, Msaken and Kairouan, Msaken and Ouerdanine, as well as Tunis and Sfax on Monday. The Consumers Defense Organization (ODC) has called for further peaceful protests against the fuel price hike, while other groups on social media have appealed for additional demonstrations in cities nationwide, including the capital Tunis.
Further demonstrations and associated transportation disruptions are possible nationwide over the coming days and weeks.
The Tunisian government reportedly raised fuel prices to fulfill its commitment to international lenders, who have demanded a three-month automatic adjustment in an attempt to reduce the budget deficit.
Individuals in Tunisia are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid protests and demonstrations as a precaution, prepare for associated traffic disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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