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Tunis eyewitness fears worse on the way

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As violent clashes spread to the centre of the Tunisian capital, one local Tunis-based journalist has suggested events in his country could spiral further out of control.

The president of the Tunisian Journalists’ Union, Neiji el-Beghouri, said: “Last night there were clashes between the security forces in the suburbs and surrounding areas. According to reports from union and legal sources around 16 people died. The situation here is now wide open, anything can happen. We don’t want things to get worse, we only want to see a democratic climate with respect for human rights and all basic freedoms, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and of the right to demonstrate. A climate in which we can resist corruption and abuse of power, and give everyone the chance to equally share in the country’s riches.”

With violence seemingly worsening around the country, demonstrations have been held by Tunisian communities in Marseilles and Berlin, and the Dutch and Portuguese governments have warned people against visiting the country.