Protests in Tunisian town show anger at Islamist government

By REUTERS
December 2, 2012 17:35

 
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SILIANA, Tunisia - In a remote town in Tunisia's interior, protesters angry over joblessness and harsh police tactics call for the downfall of new Islamist rulers, echoing the revolt that ignited the Arab Spring two years ago.

Siliana, 140 km (90 miles) from the coastal capital, has been convulsed as thousands of largely unemployed youth battle riot police firing tear gas and bird-shot.

"I lost my eye because of the police, this is what Ennahda has done," says Anis Omrani, 24, referring to the Islamist party that won the North African country's first free elections last year after the overthrow of dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

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