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Tunisians pursue protests as national mourning begins

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Tunisians pursue protests as national mourning begins


A week after Tunisians brought down their president, people power is still being felt on the streets.

There were peaceful protests on Friday in Tunis, with gestures of support for security forces. But anger remains over members of the old guard now in the new interim government, not least Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi.

“Power to the people,” shouted one woman demonstrating in Tunis. “Ghannouchi out!”

“People have not calmed down. It will only be calm when all representatives of the old regime leave,” a man added.

Discontent is mixed with grief for those killed in the uprising. At least 78 people died in the unrest.

Flags flew at half mast on the first of three days of mourning as the Ministry of Religious Affairs called for victims to be remembered in mosques. There and on the streets, the Ben Ali era is over.

Blessings for the ousted leader were notably absent from Friday prayers.

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