TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisians on Friday lowered flags and state television played recitations of the Koran to mourn dozens who died in protests that drove the country's iron-fisted president from power.
The government has declared three days of national mourning beginning Friday.
The interior minister said 78 civilians were killed in nearly a month of protests, many shot by police during protests over unemployment, corruption and repression. A French photographer was also killed as were some members of the security forces, and scores of people were injured.
Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia a week ago. The caretaker government is struggling to restore calm.