Tunisian Islamists, leftists clash after job protest

By REUTERS
December 4, 2012 17:16

 
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TUNIS - Tunisian police broke up a clash in Tunis on Tuesday after pro-government Islamists attacked labor union leaders they blamed for inciting protests last week against the Islamist government.

Several hundred Islamists with knives and sticks charged a gathering of the UGTT main labour union body in the capital and broke its office windows with stones, a Reuters witness said. Police then intervened to separate the two groups.

"UGTT, you are thieves, you want to destroy the country," the Islamists chanted. They also carried banners.

Hundreds of leftist union members, who backed days of protests over lack of jobs and development in the deprived town Siliana last week, had been chanting slogans in the streets by the UGTT headquarters calling for a general strike and downfall of the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party.

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