Tunis Police Break Up Protest at Interior Ministry

Tunisian police broke up a demonstration organized in front of the Interior Ministry today to demand the sacking of police officers accused of human-rights abuses under ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Hundreds of people took part in the demonstration on Bourguiba Avenue, in downtown Tunis. “The butcher is in Saudi Arabia, but the gang is still here,” they chanted. The police used clubs to disperse them.

Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 14, bowing to street protests that ended his 23-year rule. A transitional government headed by his prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi, and including people who opposed Ben Ali took over with the aim to hold within six months the North African nation’s first free and fair elections since independence from France in 1956.

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