Tunisian smugglers protest police brutality

Residents of southern Tunisia have staged mass strikes following deadly clashes between police and demonstrators over the seizure of contraband fuel.

Much of southern Tunisia lives largely off illegal cross-border trade, with Libyan oil providing the majority of profits.

Unions are demanding job creation schemes, the lifting of an export tax imposed on goods, the easing of border controls and an inquiry into the "excessive use of force" by the police.

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