Tunisia's government says protests appear to be subsiding after anger over food prices led to days of clashes with police that left one dead, scores injured and widespread damage

Security forces in an armoured vehicle patrol the district of Intilaka, north of Tunis, Tunisia, Thursday Jan. 11, 2018. Tunisian authorities say over two hundred people have been detained in recent days as violent protests against government-imposed price hikes spread. (AP Photo/Riadh Dridi)

By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA - Associated Press
Saturday, January 13th 2018, 06:31 am EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's government said protests over rising food prices appeared to be subsiding Friday following days of clashes with police that left one person dead and scores injured.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khlifa Chibani told local radio that 778 people — including 16 religious extremists — were arrested for vandalism and looting in the nationwide unrest that began Monday.

But he said Thursday night's protests were "limited" — suggesting the situation was calming down despite 151 arrests made that day.

The days of protests prompted fears of a new political crisis in the North African country that inspired the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

Chibani reported that 97 security officers were injured in this week's violence, with dozens of police cars damaged. Two police stations were burned and eight others ransacked, while authorities seized 47 Molotov cocktails, he added.

European governments warned their citizens about potential rioting Friday and this weekend, when Tunisia marks seven years since the ouster of longtime strongman President Zine Ben Abidine Ben Ali.

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