Sunday, February 6, 2011

Two killed in northern Tunisia in clash with police

At least two people were killed and 17 others wounded in the northern Tunisian city of El Kef on Saturday when police opened fire to quell a protest after a senior police officer slapped a woman in the face, Reuters reports. The head of police in Kef was arrested after the shooting, an Interior Ministry source said.
A rally by hundreds of protesters in El Kef, north of the capital Tunis, degenerated when they tried to occupy the police station.
Meanwhile, Tunisian authorities arrested two policemen over suspected links to the death of two people after a police station they were locked in caught fire in the town of Sidi Bouzid on Friday. It was in Sidi Bouzid that the uprising started that ousted former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The two victims had been arrested on alcohol related charges.

Separately on Saturday, dozens of members of Tunisia's main trade union rallied in Tunis demanding a shakeup of its hierarchy. "Get lost rotten managers!" members of the General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT) chanted in front of the union's Tunis headquarters, calling on its secretary general Abdessalem Jrad to step down.
Tunisia has replaced all 24 regional governors as part of  the efforts to dismantle the legacy of the ousted president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, according to official sources.The country's state news agency reported on Thursday that the interior ministry replaced several senior security officials this week, a first step to overhauling the network of police, security forces and spies built up by Ben Ali during 23 years of police rule.

Earlier last week there was an attack on a small synagogue.Peres Trabelsi, who heads the Ghriba synagogue in Djerba, said on Tuesday a small synagogue in the southern town of El Hamma was set alight and a Torah burned. But in a sign the country was getting back to business, Tunisia's transitional government announced a two-hour shortening of the curfew, which now begins at midnight and ends at 4am (0300GMT).
Only a few dozen young people still stage peaceful rallies against the former ruling Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) party on the city's central Habib Bourguiba artery, scene of massive anti-government protests three weeks ago.

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