11 Killed in Tunisia Protests

Published on Sunday 9th January 2011

Labor and opposition officials say the latest rioting in a series of protests that started nearly a month ago has killed 11 people and wounded several others.The officials said protesters angry with Tunisia's lack of jobs clashed with security forces Saturday and Sunday in the western towns of Kasserine and Thala, near the border with Algeria.  The Associated Press also has reported deaths from rioting in Regueb.Riots in the North African nation were triggered last month when a 26-year-old university graduate in the central city of Sidi Bouzid who could only find work as a street merchant set himself on fire after authorities confiscated his produce.  The man, Mohammed Bouazizi, later died of his burns.Protests are rare in Tunisia, where the government tolerates little dissent.


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