Hundreds of young people clashed with police in towns across Tunisia, throwing stones and petrol bombs in the capital as security forces fired tear gas and water cannons in an attempt to quell unrest.
Riots and protests followed the 10th anniversary of a revolution that brought democracy but little material gain for most Tunisians, with growing anger over chronic unemployment and poor state services.
However, in the absence of a clear agenda, political leadership or support from the main parties, it is unclear whether the protests will gain momentum or die out, as many previous rounds of protests have. since 2011.
A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry said on Monday that police detained 632 people on Sunday alone after what they called riots across the country that included looting and attacks on property. Most of the detainees were between 15 and 20 years old, he said.