Tunisia says arrests 1,400 in ten days since curfew

May 18, 2011 14:57

TUNIS - Tunisia has arrested 1,400 people in the ten days since anti-government demonstrations prompted authorities to enforce a curfew and ramp up security in the capital Tunis, state-run news agency TAP said.

The authorities, struggling to restore order after the overthrow of Tunisia's authoritarian ruler in January, said around 300 were charged with dangerous crimes.

Tensions in the North African country are running high before an election on July 24 to select an assembly that will rewrite the constitution.

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