Numbers drop in Tunisia anti-government protests

By REUTERS
August 24, 2013 23:09

TUNIS - Thousands of Tunisians crowded a square in Tunis on Saturday to put pressure on the Islamist-led government to step down as it works towards crisis negotiations with the secular opposition.

The protest, meant to kick off a week of rallies against the ruling Ennahda party, brought together about 10,000 protesters according to police estimates, far fewer than the 100,000 who crowded the same square early this month.

"The people want the fall of the regime!" shouted the crowds, using the slogan popularized when Tunisians ousted strongman Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 and sparked a wave of uprisings across the Arab world.

Anti-government protests picked up in Tunisia in late July after the second killing of a secular politician by suspected Islamist radicals this year.


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