Demonstrators blocked roads by burning tyres and threw stones and other objects at police and businesses [Fethi Belaid/AFP]

Fighting broke out between Tunisian police and protesters in the capital Tunis and at least 15 cities for the third consecutive day as youths demonstrated against the unprecedented economic crisis the country faces.

Police swooped in as shops and banks were looted and vandalized on Sunday, arresting “dozens” of youths, according to state news agency TAP.

Protesters blocked roads by burning tyres and threw stones and other objects at police and businesses, according to the interior ministry, which said the situation was now “calm” across the country.

Most Tunisians are angry that the country is on the verge of bankruptcy and has dire public services.

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