Tunisian police break up anti-government protest

May 6, 2011 17:16


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TUNIS - Tunisian police with teargas and batons scattered protesters demanding the government's resignation on Friday in the most violent confrontation for weeks with pro-democracy demonstrators.

Tension has risen in the North African country, whose "Jasmine Revolution" inspired uprisings across the Arab world, after a former minister warned of a possible coup by loyalists of the ousted regime if Islamists win elections.

Demonstrators said that even though Tunisia's interim administration had denounced the comments, they raised doubts over whether it was serious about democracy. Elections are promised in July for an assembly to draw up a new constitution.

"The people want a new revolution," chanted protesters on Avenue Bourguiba, at the heart of the capital Tunis, before police moved in.

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