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Tunisians protest Saudi prince's visit

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Protesters in Tunis,Tunisia
Protesters in Tunis,Tunisia

Protests in Tunisia began overnight on Monday and have continued into Tuesday ahead of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to the North African country.

Rights activists and journalists say they object to the prince's regional tour because of Saudi Arabia's record on press freedom and human rights.

But Saudi Arabia says the claims are false and insisted that the crown prince knew nothing about plans for the killing.

US President Donald Trump has also dismissed the accusations, contradicting his own national intelligence agency.

There have been protests and strike actions by Tunisians in recent years.

In 2011, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who had led Tunisia for 23 years, was toppled amid an unprecedented wave of protests sparked by anger over high unemployment and poverty.


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