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Conspiracy fears raise tension in Tunisia

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Tension continues in Tunisia, weeks after a popular revolt toppled the country’s president.

A mob of an estimated 2,000 people attacked a government ministry building yesterday. The incident follows a series of sporadic acts of intimidation and sabotage including reports that a synagogue had been set alight.

Tunisia’s Interior Minister claims individuals within the security forces and in the wider community are conspiring to undermine the state. Around 34 senior security officials loyal to deposed president Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali have been sacked, accused of spying.

The situation has been partly aggravated by a police strike which began at the beginning of the week.

It is thought Ben Ali’s backers are attempting to exploit the power vacuum under Tunisia’s interim government.