Tunisia's largest union cancels general strike

December 12, 2012 19:59

TUNIS - Tunisia's largest union cancelled on Wednesday a general strike set for the next day, a move which could calm Islamist-leftist tensions after violent clashes in the capital.

The UGTT union announced the strike last week after several hundred Islamists armed with knives and sticks charged a union gathering and smashed office windows on December 4.

Police had to intervene to separate the two groups.

"The strike was cancelled because of a lack of security," UGTT Secretary-General Hussein Abassi said, without giving more details.

The moderate Islamist Ennahda party won elections last year, following the 2010 ousting of veteran leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, but has been struggling to restore security and stability.

A policeman was killed in clashes with suspected Islamist fighters near the border with Algeria on Monday, stoking fears of a spread of militancy in the north African nation.

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