Many of Tunisia’s protesters say they love the army as much as they hate the police. While the police are accused of firing into crowds during the national upheaval, the army has fired into the air when it tries to disperse people.
Tunisians connect the police with the repression of the discredited regime of ousted president Ben Ali.
Accounts of the past several weeks’ death toll on civilians vary; some say more than a hundred.
But outside the headquarters of the RCD in power for decades, protest placards said: ‘We’re not afraid of you traitors!’
An army colonel said: “I’m with you. We’re not going to shoot at you. The main thing is that this gathering stays peaceful.”
The police take a different approach.