Once-feared Tunisian police join protesters in rally

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January 23, 2011 08:53

 
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TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia's  once-feared police have staged a rally of their own, demanding better salaries and insisting they're not to blame for shooting deaths among protesters who forced the North African country's longtime autocrat to flee.

At least 2,000 police rallied Saturday in downtown Tunis, an epicenter of protest and clashes between youths and police that forced President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to quit the country he ruled with an iron fist for 23 years.

It was a significant development for Tunisia, where police under Ben Ali were widely feared. The rally took place near the hulking Interior Ministry, a symbol of the dread that his regime inspired for many Tunisians.

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