Tunisian who sparked job protests dies

Bouazizi is the fourth person to have died in the protests.

Tunisian who sparked job protests dies

A young Tunisian whose attempted suicide by self-immolation sparked a rare wave of job protests in several areas of the country died on Tuesday of his injuries, his relatives said.

Mohammed Bouazizi, 26, set fire to himself last month in front of a government building in the central town of Sidi Bouzid to protest against the confiscation by police of his fruit and vegetable cart.

The incident was embraced as a cause by jobless graduates, trade unionists and human right activists, and the protests later spread to other towns including the capital, Tunis.

His brother Salem told Reuters news agency: "Mohammed passed away (Tuesday) .. May God have mercy on his soul".

Bouazizi is the fourth person to have died in the protests.

Two civilians were killed after police fired to quell rioters in the southern town of Bouziane. According to French reports, a jobless graduate also killed himself by clinging to a high-voltage electric cable to protest against "misery and unemployment".

Tunisia has been ruled for the last 23 years by Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who works closely with Western governments.

The government has accused its opponents of manipulating the Sidi Bouzid clashes last month to discredit the authorities, and Ben Ali said that protests were "unacceptable".

Agencies

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