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Tension mounts in Tunisia

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Tension mounts in Tunisia


Tunisia – the birthplace of the Arab Spring – is again restive.

People have been taking to the streets, angry at the lack of political reform since the revolution that ousted President Ben Ali and his ruling clique in January.

The sight of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and his sons on trial in Cairo has infuriated many Tunisians while Ben Ali is in exile and his justice minister was recently released from custody with no date set for a trial.

Abdul Salam Jrad, Secretary General of the Tunisian Workers Union, said: “The revolution continues until we have solved the reasons behind it. The revolution is not over. The revolution does not end with the exit of the heads of corruption. The revolution is against corruption and against being wronged, against dictatorship.”

With tension mounting, police have used tear gas to disperse protests which took place in the capital and at least five other major towns. These are the latest in a series of demonstrations and strikes.

Groups involved in forcing out Ben Ali say he and his supporters should have been prosecuted more vigorously and they accuse some in the caretaker government of sympathising with and protecting members of the former administration.

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