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Garbage Dump Becomes Latest Flashpoint in Tunisia’s Crisis

Protesters clash with security forces in Sfax province, Tunisia, on Nov. 9. 

Protesters clash with security forces in Sfax province, Tunisia, on Nov. 9. 

Photographer: Houssem Zouari/AFP/Getty Images

Protesters set fire to a security forces building in central Tunisia, as a dispute over the reopening of a landfill morphed into some of the biggest street demonstrations to hit the North African nation since a July power grab by its president.

The torching of the building in Agareb, in Sfax province, came a day after an outbreak of unrest in the area. Police had fired tear gas to dispel protesters enraged by the authorities’ decision to reopen a site intended for household garbage. One person died during the demonstrations, though officials are still investigating the circumstances of his death.