Hundreds of Tunisians, many from the rural south of the country, have been defying the curfew in the capital Tunis as the demand that former allies of ousted President Ben Ali leave the transitional government continues to grow.
Both the army and police were present but there were no signs of them attempting to enforce the curfew.
“We have named this place the People’s House. This is not the Kasba Square, this is the People’s House, this is the House of the Revolution and the Uprising,” said one of those camped outside the prime minister’s residence.
Authorities have detained Ben Ali’s spokesman, his chief advisor and the speaker of the upper house of parliament.
The owner of a private TV station and his son have also been arrested for treason for allegedly inciting violence and working for the ousted president.