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Teenager killed in Tunisian demonstration

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A 14-year-old boy has died in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid as police broke up a demonstration, accroding to state media. The chief of police says he was killed by the ricochet of a bullet. Two other people were seriously wounded.

The defence ministry says amid demonstrations late into Sunday night police fired into the air when they were targeted by protesters throwing petrol bombs.

A union official says local people are angry that six months after the fall of ex President Ben Ali, they have seen no change.

The country is in recession; official estimates put the number of unemployed nationwide at 700,000.

Sidi Bouzid, situated in a deprived region in central Tunisia, was the birthplace of the country’s revolution. In December it was the death of a young fruitseller who set himself on fire in protest at unemployment and police oppression that set in motion the events which then spread across the Arab world.