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Police killings and political paralysis trigger Tunisia protests

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Police killings and political paralysis trigger Tunisia protests


The killing of seven policemen and political paralysis have brought thousands of Tunisians onto the streets in protest.

Many marched on Thursday in Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of the uprising in the country where the Arab Spring revolts began. But those taking part have not seen the changes they had hoped for. Many blame the government, urging it to step down as it has promised to do.

“These people can no longer bear this situation,” said one man in the central region. “What else can we do but demonstrate like this? If the government stays, this movement will get stronger.”

Tears and clashes have followed the policemen’s murder by militants on Wednesday in Sidi Bouzid province. Critics claim the moderate Islamist-led government has failed to rein in hardliners.

The ruling Ennahda party has pledged to resign in a power-transfer deal but only when certain conditions are met. It insists on the completion of the country’s new constitution, the establishment of an electoral commission and a clear election date.

However, many Tunisians are losing patience, with scheduled talks delayed and tension rising.

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