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Tunisia protesters shut down main oil production site in south

Christian Fernsby |
Demonstrators have shut a major oil pumping station in southern Tunisia.

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Topics: TUNISIA   

Hundreds of protesters on Thursday forced their way into the remote El-Kamour production site, located in the desert south of the town of Tataouine despite the presence of army personnel protecting petroleum installations.

A hefty contingent of forces had been deployed to the site, including a helicopter, but there was no violence between security personnel and protesters who chanted "Tataouine does not give up" and sang the national anthem, according to AFP news agency.

The demonstration follows weeks of unrest in Tunisia's south, one of the country's most marginalised regions, burdened by above-average unemployment, failing infrastructure and an underdeveloped private sector.

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