A protest by unemployed college graduates led to clashes with police on Thursday.
Unemployment is such a major problem for youth in the Tunisian city of Metlaoui that it led to clashes with police last week. In the mineral-rich region of Gafsa, the young and educated can no longer bear the disappointments of endemic unemployment.
Last week, unemployed graduates organized a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Gafsa Phosphate Company, one of Tunisia’s largest companies, to demand jobs.
Thursday, they organised a protest march that led to clashes with police when some of the protesters tried to block a train carrying phosphate.
Despite being home to one of the world’s largest phosphate deposits, the region’s unemployment rate is more than 40%, according to a study by the Centre for Economic Studies of the Arab Institute of Business Managers. More than 62% of Gafsa college graduates are unemployed.
Photos from the march organised Thursday by unemployed college graduates in the city of Metlaoui.