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Tunisian revolt re-ignites

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2238

Fighting between the revolutionary movement and the state erupted again in Tunisia last weekend. Police attacked protesters, killing at least three.

The renewed protests were sparked by police violence and the announcement that several local governors—loyal to ousted Ben Ali—have been appointed across the country.

Ben Ali was forced to flee the country after 23 years of brutal rule. But since the huge uprising of ordinary people began in December, the ruling class have desperately tried to hold onto power.

The hated, brutal police force—who carried out drive-by shootings on protesters—are still in place.

Ben Ali’s old party, the RCD, was given seats in the new cabinet, despite being bitterly hated by the people.

Last Sunday the interior minister suspended all activities of the country’s former ruling party after more than 1,000 protesters stormed a police station in the north western city of Kef, took documents then burned it to the ground.

The protest was sparked by the chief of police slapping a woman who had come to make a complaint.

In Kebili, in the south of the country, a young protester was killed when a tear gas canister fired by police hit him.

He was among a group trying to attack a national guard post over the appointment of a governor.

In the mining town of Gafsa, the newly appointed governor Muhammad Gouider was forced to leave his post in a military vehicle provided by the army as demonstrators demanded his departure.

Similar demonstrations were held in several other towns, and over the weekend hundreds of people took to the streets in the town of Sidi Bouzid—where the uprising began in December.

Hundreds of people protested last Saturday after two inmates in a police station were killed in a fire on Friday.

A 2.5 mile convoy of cars and buses arrived in Sidi Bouzid bearing aid. Similar convoys are planned for other rural areas.

The battle to get rid of the corrupt regime continues.

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Tue 8 Feb 2011, 17:25 GMT
Issue No. 2238
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