Tunisian Television is reporting a curfew has been imposed across the country from 5.00 pm Friday until 7.00 am on Saturday. It is also reported that the security forces have instructed to use force against anyone not obeying their orders. A state of emergency has been declared.
That follows President Ben Ali’s dismissal of the government and announcement of elections to be held within six months. TV images from Tunisia’s capital Tunis showed the security forces breaking up demonstrations outside the interior ministry using tear gas.
Protesters filled the streets all day, demanding the immediate resignation of the president, who has offered to step down in 2014 but not before.
The French and UK governments are advising their citizens not to go to Tunisia unless absolutely necessary and some tour operators are pulling their customers out of the country. Others have cancelled flights amid fears that tourists could get caught up in the unrest. The move comes after weeks of anti-government demonstrations.