Tunis/Tunisia — The number of protests in February grew 42% in comparison with last year (1,235 against 705), said Communication Officer at the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) Romdhane Ben Omar.

Ben Omar was speaking at a remote press conference held Monday to present February report on protests, suicide, violence and illegal migration.

February saw increased large-scale demonstrations similar to those staged in the early years of the Revolution. The main demands were employment (34%), the improvement of the professional situation (24%), development and better quality of life (30%).

Ben Omar said the vast majority of demonstrators, sit inners and protesters blocking roads in February were unemployed people. Teachers and substitute teachers as well as farmers came in the second place.

Protests were staged across the country with the southwest taking the lead (370 protests), followed by the centre east (332), the northeast (214), the southeast (136), the centrewest (116) and the north (67).

The protest map is quite the same over the recent years with Gafsa reporting 265 protests, that is 21% of the overall number. Tunis takes the second spot with158 demonstrations. Kasserine and Kairouan saw 143 protesters and 75 demonstrations were staged in Tataouine by El Kamour coordination committee.

Sit-in are the most predominant form of protests with 925 days, that is 9.74% of all forms of protest.

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