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Coup warning leads to protests in Tunisia

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Protests rocked Tunisia’s capital city on Friday, with people taking to the streets to demand the government’s resignation. As riot police scuffled with the crowds the country’s National Union of Journalists complained that 14 reporters had been beaten during demonstrations this week.

Friday’s protests followed a warning by the interim administration of a possible coup. The caretaker government says loyalists may stage an uprising if islamists win elections scheduled for July.

Former President Ben Ali was ousted in January’s Jasmine Revolution, but demonstrators fear his supporters will interfere with the democratic process.