Protests, some violent, flared across Tunisia on Monday, when one protester was killed, before ebbing on Thursday.
December 9, 2017: Parliament approves a 2018 budget that includes tax increases on telecommunication services, cosmetic products and fuel. The organization said he died after a police auto ran him over twice but Tunisia's Ministry of Interior said that he had suffocated to death from tear gas because he had a chronic respiratory condition.
Protests are common in Tunisia during January when many mark the anniversary of the 2011 toppling of the longtime autocratic leader, PresidentZine el Abidine Ben Ali.
The clashes have caused damage in 11 provinces to municipal depots, police stations, private businesses, commercial spaces and banks.
In line with demands articulated by the International Monetary Fund, the government last October announced its planned 2018 budget, which included several unpopular austerity measures, including tax hikes.
Tunisia is considered the only success story of democracy in the Arab world, however, after the flight of Ben Ali in 2011 in the North African country has had seven governments, none of which failed to improve the economy.
December 16, 2017: The Afaq Tunis Party, a partner in the country's governing coalition, announces its decision to withdraw from the government, saying the budget approved by parliament "lacks the social and economic vision to meet the needs of the people".