TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisians protesting a new tax on vehicles have clashed with police, who responded with tear gas.
The protests centered on the southern towns of Kasserine and Thala in the country's impoverished interior were in response to a new series of taxes that came into effect in 2014.
Tunisia's Finance Minister Elyas Fakhfakh appeared on television Wednesday to call for calm and denounce rumors that had inflated the size of the taxes.
During the drawn out transition to democracy following Tunisia's revolution, the economy has sputtered and inflation has been high.
Protesters called the government the "assassin of our dreams," complaining that little has changed since the country's reviled leader was ousted in 2011.
Protesters attacked police stations and burned vehicles but were repelled from storming government offices.