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Tunisia protesters call for change

By Haris Afzal on Friday, January 28, 2011 with 0 comments

TUNIS: More demonstrations are taking place in Tunisia amid reports of police crackdowns on allies of the country's ousted president.

Police fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters at an anti-government demonstration outside Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi's offices in Tunis.

Hundreds of protesters spent the night camped out in front of the building calling for Ghannouchi to resign following the removal of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 14.

It comes after two high-ranking officials were reported to have been placed under house arrest.

And the head of a well-known private TV station is said to have been detained for allegedly trying to slow down the country's move toward democracy.

State news agency reported that Larbi Nasri, the president of a TV station, was arrested along with his son on charges of high treason and plotting against state security.

It also reported that former Ben Ali advisers Abdallah Kallel and Abdelaziz Ben Dhia have been placed under house arrest, with police looking for a third man, Abdelwaheb Abdallah.

And the crowds gathering on a daily basis in the capital Tunis seem set on claiming more scalps from the interim government, ahead of planned elections within six months.

Category: World News

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