Tunisian Forces Fire Tear Gas at Demonstrators

Published on Saturday 26th February 2011

Tunisian security forces have fired warning shots and used tear gas to disperse several hundred protesters who gathered in the capital. The confrontation took place Saturday outside of the Interior Ministry in Tunis.  The French news agency (AFP) says protesters were chanting anti-government slogans in front of the building shortly before security forces moved in. On Friday, thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tunis where they called for the ouster of the interim government.  They demanded the resignation of interim Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi and called for changes in the country's interim government.  Some demonstrators have criticized the make-up of the interim government, saying it is too close to the government of former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. The former president was ousted in a January revolt that has sparked similar protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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