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Fresh protests against Tunisia's interim government

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Fresh protests against Tunisia's interim government


Tunisia’s revolution is far from over. Fresh unrest has erupted in the capital, Tunis, as protesters pile pressure on the interim government.

Many travelled from the countryside amid anger that members of ousted President Ben Ali’s old guard remain in the cabinet.

Demonstrator Mahamed Al-Ayouni said he came the day before yesterday at around midnight and is on hunger strike.

“We are here to make sure they all go, all the people from the old regime,” he said. “We don’t want anyone to represent us. It is a popular revolution.”

There is particular anger that after the overthrow of Ben Ali, his prime minister Mohamed Ghannouchi has taken the reins of the transitional administration. Protesters have made his offices and other government buildings the focus of their fury.

As tension mounts, the international community is moving to try to provide stability. France said it will offer emergency aid to its former colony. The EU, too, plans to step up its financial support for the Tunisian economy.

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