Once-feared Tunisian police join protesters

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 22, 2011 13:14

TUNIS, Tunisia  — Tunisia's once-feared police who carried out the repressive policies of their now exiled president joined hands with protesters who brought down the dictator.

Clusters of police guarding the daily protests on the capital's main avenue mingled with the crowd. Some non-uniformed officers wore red armbands to distinguish themselves from civilians while some 200 uniformed officers held signs with their own demands. Officers in cars honked their horns.

Saturday's development is significant because, while the army is respected, police were feared during the 23-year reign of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled eight days ago to Saudi Arabia after a month of deadly riots around the country and a major street protest in Tunis. The scores of dead were shot by police bullets.


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