Tunisian Men Try Suicide Over Lack of Jobs

By: AP
By: AP

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's official TAP news agency says
five unemployed men tried to hang themselves after waiting in vain
for years for a government job.

TAP says the five, university graduates aged 34 to 43, were
protesting the results of a recruitment exam with the Education
Ministry.

They were hospitalized Friday in stable condition after they were rescued by passers-by who saw them trying to hang themselves, according to Saturday's report.

The men had taken part in a sit-in over the past week in front
of a ministry building in the city of Kasserine, in an inland region plagued by high unemployment.

The suicide of a fruit vendor late last year sparked waves of
protests nationwide that toppled authoritarian President Zine El
Abidine Ben Ali.


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