About 650,000 Tunisian government employees
held a strike on Thursday, and thousands gathered in large-scale protests after
the government refused to raise wages, a move that could exacerbate tensions in
Tunisia amid threats from lenders to stop backing the Tunisian economy.
Thousands gathered in front of the parliament's headquarters in the capital and chanted slogans calling on Youssef Chahed's government to step down. They also demanded higher wages.
Thousands have also gathered in various governorates, including Sfax, Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid and Gabes. In Nabeul, thousands also gathered in protest against the government's decision to freeze wages.
Schools and universities were closed, and workers in public hospitals have held a strike.