Nearly 800 Arrested in Economic Protests in Tunisia

Human rights groups have expressed concern over the high number of arrests in a country with a relatively stable democracy.

TUNIS — The authorities in Tunisia have arrested nearly 800 people who were protesting tax increases and other government policies after a series of clashes with the police. The arrests have alarmed observers of Tunisia, the only country to emerge from the turmoil of the Arab Spring with a semblance of a stable democracy.Although some of those who were arrested were released, the number of detentions drew criticism from human rights groups.“We’re concerned about the high number of arrests,” R...