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'Provocateurs' blamed as Tunis protests turn deadly

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Latest update : 2011-02-26

Tunisian authorities have blamed "provocateurs" for clashes with police on Saturday in which three people died. Protesters fear that the interim government has hijacked the country's January revolution.

AP - Tunisian authorities say four people have died in recent unrest in the capital in clashes between stone-throwing troublemakers and police on the sidelines of protests against the interim government.

The Interior Ministry has blamed “provocateurs” for fanning violence in otherwise peaceful rallies and allegedly using young people as human shields in renewed demonstrations.

The ministry said three people died Saturday, without elaborating. State TV showed a funeral of a 19-year-old man who was killed Friday after being shot through the neck during protests on central Avenue Bourguiba.

Demonstrators fear the interim government has hijacked the revolution that drove Tunisia’s longtime autocrat from power on Jan. 14, sending shock waves through the Arab world.
 

Date created : 2011-02-26

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