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Tunisia imposes curfew after clashes

Sunday, May 08, 2011 - 01:27

May 8 - Tunisian authorities impose an overnight curfew in and around the capital following days of unrest. Simon Hanna reports.

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Almost four months after nationwide protests that ignited a revolution, there is , once again, unrest in Tunisia. On Saturday protesters clashed with police - who responded by firing in the and air shooting tear gas. The government has ordered a curfew in the capital Tunis from 9pm until 5am, following three days of violence. Renewed protests are rooted in fears that the interim administration will renege on its commitment to democracy after former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in January. Some Tunis residents though said recent problems are the work of criminals - not protesters of the revolution. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED MAN, SAYING: "There are hidden hands that are pushing forward these unemployed youths, who are like a criminal militia that is paid off with money, and this has all been proven." (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED MAN, SAYING: "Their ages are between 15-22, actually they don't even reach 22, 15-20 maximum, and you can tell from their faces that they are not from these areas." In addition to the curfew, authorities have also fired a minister who warned that Ben Ali loyalists might seize power in a coup if Islamists won elections in July to draw up a new constitution. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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Tunisia imposes curfew after clashes

Sunday, May 08, 2011 - 01:27