Tunisian government fails to calm protests

Published January 13th, 2011 - 11:34 GMT

It seems that the announcement regarding the dismissal of the Tunisian Interior Minister and the release of all the citizens detained during the social unrest that has rocked the country four weeks ago, did not calm the angry protesters. Instead, the labor union has called for a new series of strikes starting on Thursday and Friday. These protests will take place in a number of cities in this north African country. 

General strikes are scheduled for today and tomorrow in several cities after a call issued by the Tunisian General Labor Union in protest against high prices and unemployment levels. 

Sources in the Union said the strikes will include the following cities: Kasserine, Gabes, Jendouba, and the capital city. The Union declared its support for "the legitimate demands" by citizens, and asked to release prisoners and carry out reforms, "to promote democracy and freedoms." 

Meanwhile, the Tunisian Ministry of Interior imposed a curfew at night, starting on Wednesday indefinitely, following the violent clashes witnessed by the different parts of the country. However, the curfew has not prevented youth to go out at night and confront security forces in the capital region. 


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