Tunisian government says economic struggles will end amidst tax protests

Tunisians have been battling for the past seven years since the ousting of authoritarian president Ben Ali signalled the start of the so-called Arab Spring.

Tunisia flag. Picture: Supplied

PRETORIA - Violent demonstrations against tax increases and price rises in Tunisia have led to a government promise that 2018 will be the last tough year for the North African country.

Tunisians have been battling for the past seven years since the ousting of authoritarian president Ben Ali signalled the start of the so-called Arab Spring.

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed says anti-austerity demonstrators must realise that 2018 will be their last difficulty year.

Opposition forces have gathered to coordinate their protests.

They’re vowing to stay on the streets and actually increase their protests until the government eases their tax load.

Nervous authorities are ever-mindful of two deadly terror attacks three years ago that brought Tunisia’s life-blood tourism industry to its knees.