Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

France's top consumer group sues Internet giants

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users pay tribute to South Korea ferry victims

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria's Presidential polls

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over "shoe-shine scandal"

Read more

#THE 51%

Breaking stereotypes

Read more

#TECH 24

Galaxy S5 v. HTC One (M8): Which is the right one for you?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

New PM Manuel Valls outlines priorities

Read more

  • Why Syria’s cash-strapped jihadists let hostages go

    Read more

  • Freed French journalists arrive home after Syria ordeal

    Read more

  • The Great War's unsung four-legged heroes

    Read more

  • Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken South Korean ferry

    Read more

  • UK’s Hamilton cruises to victory at Chinese Grand Prix

    Read more

  • Syria’s Assad visits recaptured Christian town at Easter

    Read more

  • Curfew call after deadly clash at Ukraine checkpoint

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Militants kill Algerian soldiers in deadly ambush

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

  • VIDEO: Anti-Semitic leaflets in Eastern Ukraine condemned

    Read more

  • In pictures: Good Friday celebrated across the globe

    Read more

  • Bouteflika, the ghost president

    Read more

  • Does Valls’ upcoming Vatican trip violate French secularism?

    Read more

  • Ukraine separatists say ‘not bound’ by Geneva deal

    Read more

  • Abel Ferrara’s hotly awaited DSK film to premiere on web

    Read more

  • Obama signs bill to block controversial Iran diplomat from UN post

    Read more

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet that could support life

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

Africa

Police fire teargas at anti-government protest in Tunis

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-05-08

Tunisian police used teargas to disperse anti-government protesters in the capital Tunis on Sunday, one day after authorities imposed an overnight curfew amid growing unrest in the country.

 

REUTERS - Tunisian police used tear gas on Sunday to break up a fourth day of anti-government protests by scores of youths in the centre of Tunis.
 
The North African country has struggled to restore stability since leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted earlier this year in a revolution which inspired uprisings across the Arab world.
 
Chanting protesters called for the departure of the government and Prime Minister Beji Caid Sebsi, whistling at black-clad riot police in central Tunis and throwing stones.
 
Police fired teargas to push the protesters into streets off the central Avenue Bourguiba.
 
“We only intervene when they throw stones, not when they insult us,” said one plain clothes officer, holding out a broken padlock he said the protesters had thrown.
 
“The police have to adapt to the new environment as well.  Four months is not long enough to change everyone’s mentality,” he said.
 
Tension is growing in Tunisia in the countdown to a July election for an assembly that will draw up a new constitution.
 
Moderate Islamist group
 
A moderate Islamist group banned under Ben Ali is expected to do well, unsettling many in the country’s secular establishment.
 
The spark for the violent protests over the past few days was a warning from a former interior minister that there would be a coup d’etat if the Islamist group, Ennahda, won the vote.
 
“The police reaction is too extreme against the people,” said Chaqib, a civil servant who did not want to give his family name. “It’s true there are criminals among the protesters, but the reaction is still too cruel. It is a return to the days of Ben Ali.”
 
Sunday’s protest was smaller than those on the previous three days.
 
Protesters fear the interim administration will renege on its commitment to guide Tunisia towards democracy after decades of autocratic rule under Ben Ali.
 
The authorities—who reject any suggestion there will be a coup—responded to the protests by imposing an overnight curfew starting on Saturday. They said it was to ensure the safety of citizens.
 
Some Tunisians condemn the renewed demonstrations and want to see a return to normality in the country of 10 million, where the turmoil and war in neighbouring Libya are expected to cut economic growth to little over one percent this year.
 
“Those who are demonstrating are those from the lowest level who have nothing to lose,” complained businessman Moez Hlcheri.  “You can’t have everything immediately. You have to work for it.”

 

Date created : 2011-05-09

  • TUNISIA

    Curfew declared in Tunis

    Read more

  • TUNISIA

    Ben Ali kin sentenced to prison on drug charges

    Read more

  • EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

    Tunisian PM: ‘We are prepared for democracy’

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)