Khaled Tarrouch, the Interior Ministry spokesman, said 132 people were arrested and around a dozen cars set on fire. He said those arrested were being questioned to see if a particular person or group was behind the violence.
Leaders in the ruling coalition say they will meet over the next few days with representatives of all parties to forge compromises and start addressing Tunisia’s pressing problems. But observers said it is unlikely things will calm down anytime soon.
‘‘We expect this phase of political uncertainty and instability to last for weeks,’’ Fabiani warned.
Schemm reported from Rabat, Morocco. Associated Press writer Greg Keller contributed to this report from Tunis.