Tunisia has long been hailed as the democratic success story of the Arab uprisings, which swept the region seven years ago. Whereas countries like Syria and Yemen plunged into deadly wars, the North African country avoided major bouts of violence, experiencing several peaceful handovers of power after the ouster of longtime ruler Zine Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. However, this week came as a reminder that despite its relative stability, discontent has been growing over the years. Hundreds of people protested this week in at least 20 different areas of the country, violently clashing with security forces. The demonstrators are incensed by rising prices and demand the government drop the 2018 budget, which includes rises in value-added tax and the introduction of social contributions.