Friday, January 14, 2011

Protesters seek Ben Ali resignation

بن علي يا جبان شعب تونس لا يهان..........

Thousands gather in front of interior ministry day after president's speech offered sweeping concessions.


"Thousands of demonstrators have marched through the capital of Tunisia and gathered in front of the interior ministry, shouting chants and demanding the resignation of the president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, even after he delivered a speech offering major concessions to the opposition.

Protesters sang the national anthem and shouted slogans such as "Ben Ali, leave!" and "Ben Ali, thank you but that's enough!" according to the Reuters news agency.

By midday, local time, the government had made no response, and Tunisians on the scene writing about the demonstration on Twitter said that police had so far not taken any violent action.....

'Shootings continue

But even as Ben Ali spoke on Thursday, the AFP news agency reported that two more protesters had been killed in central Tunisia. Dozens have died since December 17, when a 26-year-old unemployed university graduate set himself on fire in protest in the town of Sidi Bouzid....."

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