Tunisian gov't declares 3 days of mourning following unrest

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 22, 2011 03:15




Tunisians began three days of mourning Friday, lowering flags and broadcasting recitations of the Quran to mourn dozens who died in the protests that drove their autocratic leader from power.

Earlier in the day, about 1,000 demonstrators gathered in the courtyard of Ghannouchi's offices, some climbing lampposts and hanging Tunisian flags and hand-lettered signs.

Central Tunis has seen near-daily protests in the past week by those who say the caretaker government is still too dominated by cronies of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

The government has declared three days of national mourning as it struggles to restore calm and reconcile this Muslim nation in North Africa, whose people are hopeful yet scarred by 23 years of limited freedom that ended when Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia.


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