Three more killed in Tunisia protests

27 February 2011

Protests were held outside Tunisia’s Interior Ministry

Three more protesters have been killed in Tunisia following another round of protests that took place on 26 February.

Twelve more people were injured in violent clashes that broke out in Tunis after Tunisian security forces used tear gas to disperse thousands of pro-democracy protesters who had gathered in front of the Interior Ministry.

The ministry has estimated that more than 100 people have been arrested following acts of arson and destruction in the centre of Tunis. Protesters are still demanding the resignation of prime minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, who is currently running the interim government until elections are held in six to seven months’ time.

President Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali fled the country on 14 January (MEED 20:1:11). Protesters do not want any members of Ben Ali’s ruling party, the RCD (Constitutional Democratic Rally), in government.

Ghannouchi says he will resign after elections are held. Thousands of protesters rallied on Friday to demand Ghannouchi hand over power to a civilian government.

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