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Tension in Tunis amid fear of Ben Ali forces

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Tension in Tunis amid fear of Ben Ali forces


More gunfire has been reported in Tunis, where the army has tightened its grip on the city centre two days after President Ben Ali was ousted by violent protests.
The former Tunisian leader’s security chief is to due appear in court on charges of stoking violence and threatening national security.
Attacks by both supporters and opponents of the ex dictator have been reported. Forces loyal to Ben Ali have been accused of looting and killing.

“Today is better,” said a motorist, referring to the volatile security situation. “Citizens defence groups are protecting their neighbourhoods, thank God!”

One man in November 7th Square called for it to be renamed. Instead of marking the date Ben Ali came to power, he said, it should become January 14th Square to celebrate the revolution.

The recent violence has claimed another victim. A Paris-based photographer struck in the face by a tear gas canister on Friday has died of his injuries.

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi has been holding hold more talks to try form a coalition government.

One opposition leader, Najib Chebbi, has said he believes internationally supervised elections could be held within six or seven months.

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