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Tunisians gape at Ben Ali riches

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It is open house at all the properties belonging to the Ben Ali family in Tunisia.

People have been filing through the villas and luxury properties of the former president’s clan after they were sacked by angry crowds, smashing everything they could find, disgusted at the level of luxury their rulers had enjoyed.

“This is porcelain from Limoges, this is our money!” said one man.

“There are people who cannot even pay for milk for their children, and look at that, crystal and everything,” said a woman.

Locals say the family lived in the country’s most beautiful places, and took properties from people when they wanted. The Ben Ali-Trabelsi family, their children, nephews and cousins all profited from their absolute hold on power, which crumbled so suddenly.

Now the people are taking things in their turn, and it has led to some extraordinary sights, including a bright yellow Ferrari being taken away from one property in the shovel of a bulldozer, driving down the main road.