Thursday, 20 January 2011

Fresh violent protests erupt in Tunisia

Shots have been fired as Tunisian protesters reach the ex-ruling party headquarters after ministers taking part in the new unity government quit the party of ousted Zionist President Ben Ali. Troops fired warning shots at 1,000 protesters to stop them from climbing a wall at the headquarters of Tunisia's former ruling party. Anti-government protesters took to the streets of the Tunisian capital to demand the resignation of the ousted president's allies.

Tunisian police forces stand guard on January 19, 2011 during a protest in the center of Tunis.

The news comes after the Tunisian cabinet ministers quit Ben Ali's party RCD. Opposition ministers had already left the interim government in protest against the presence of Ben Ali's allies in the cabinet line-up. Meanwhile, Tunisia's state television says 33 members of Ben Ali's family have been arrested while trying to flee the north African country. Ben Ali, himself, fled to Saudi Arabia earlier this month following a nationwide uprising and later on his wife escaped Tunisia along with 1.5 tons of gold bars. Scores of people have been killed in clashes with the security forces over the past few weeks.

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