Street protest hits cradle of Tunisian revolt

August 9, 2012 17:24

TUNIS - Tunisian police fired teargas and rubber bullets on Thursday to disperse protesters demanding jobs in Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the revolution that ousted Tunisia's autocratic leader last year and triggered the Arab Spring uprisings.

Doctors at Sidi Bouzid's hospital said six people were injured during the protest, which drew hundreds of young Tunisians demanding jobs, more investment in their region and the dismissal of the city's governor.

The protest reflected how far Tunisia has to go to fulfill the promise of its revolution, which began with the death of jobless university graduate Mohamed Bouazizi who set himself on fire in despair after police confiscated his unlicensed fruit and vegetable cart.

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