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Tunisia suspends ex-ruling party amid fresh unrest

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Three weeks after protesters in Tunisia ousted its President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, authorities have suspended the activities of his former ruling party.

The move was apparently in response to fresh unrest. Officials accuse elements from the old regime of spreading chaos to try to take back power.

Some of the latest rioting occurred in the central town of Sidi Bouzid where Tunisia’s uprising began.

Anger erupted after two prisoners burned to death at a police station. Officers deny any involvement.

Well-wishers travelled in a convoy from the capital Tunis to Sidi Bouzid to celebrate its new-found status as the birthplace of the revolution.

Convoy member Kawther Thabit said: “We want to help lift morale and help them financially but they said to us: ‘We don’t want any financial aid.’ All they wanted was for us to be with them and support them.”

While demonstrators in Sidi Bouzid encouraged the Egyptian people to pursue their revolutionary efforts, Tunisia’s own troubles are not over yet. At least three people died in fresh clashes over the weekend.

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