TUNIS, Tunisia - Police in Tunisia cracked
down Sunday on key allies of the ousted president, placing two
high-ranking officials under house arrest and detaining the head of a
well-known private TV station for allegedly trying to slow down the
country's nascent steps toward democracy.
The measures against
former cronies and supporters of deposed President Zine El-Abidine
Ben-Ali came amid continued street protests in the North African
capital, Tunis, and efforts by the tenuous interim government to heed
the incessant groundswell of opposition to his old guard.
of protesters — many from Tunisia's provinces south of the capital —
rallied in Tunis to press on with demands that holdovers of Ben Ali's
repressive 23-year regime be kept out of power.