Tunisia clashes leave several injured

Fresh clashes between Tunisian anti-government protesters and police forces have left several people injured in the southwestern town of Kebili.
Violence broke out overnight Saturday into Sunday when angry youths threw stones and ‘tear gas bombs’ at police buildings, said local Police Chief Adel Kacem, quoted by Tunisia’s state news agency TAP on Monday.

A four-month-old child was also injured by a tear gas canister thrown by protesters, Kacem claimed.

The angry protesters also attacked officers’ homes with fire bombs, leaving an officer seriously injured, he went on to say.

Five people were arrested in the unrest, which continued through Monday.

Local witnesses accused the police of using excessive force and causing panic and injury in the Ennazla area.

The developments come as Tunisians remain skeptical about a rapid transition towards democracy.

Demonstrators demand the resignation of the transitional government, which still includes figures from the ousted regime of former ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Tensions have been climbing in Tunisia following reports of a possible coup by elements loyal to Ben Ali.

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