Shops sacked, train station burned in Tunisia


TUNIS, Tunisia — The Tunisian capital’s main train station has been burned to the ground, and shops have been sacked and looted in violence that came after the North African nation’s president fled the country.

Tunisians have awoken following a tense night after their autocratic president was driven from power by violent protests over soaring unemployment and corruption. The end of a curfew revealed the extent of the damage.

The main train station in Tunis is in ruins after a fire there. A big chain store outside the capital was vandalized and sacked. An AP photographer saw the army intervening there Saturday to try to stop the pillaging.

Tunisian airspace is still closed early Saturday, a day after a state of emergency was declared.

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians have awoken following a tense night after their autocratic president was driven from power by violent protests over soaring unemployment and corruption.

Plumes of black smoke are wafting in the skies over Tunis, with the source of the burning unclear. The usually bustling main street downtown, Avenue Bourguiba, is nearly deserted.

Tunisian airspace is still closed early Saturday, a day after a state of emergency was declared.

Overnight, plainclothes police were seen hustling some people off the streets of Tunis, which was under curfew. One was clubbed, another was dragged on the ground. It was a sign the president’s departure hadn’t fully restored calm.

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