Official: Prison fire kills 42 in Tunisia
Demonstrators fill the street outside a government building Friday in Tunis, Tunisia.
January 15th, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Official: Prison fire kills 42 in Tunisia

At least 42 detainees died in a fire at the Monastir prison in Tunisia on Saturday, a hospital official told CNN.

The country is undergoing a popular uprising that led President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to give up his powers and flee the country.

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  1. Boss

    Lady, why bother with these idiots...

    To all others this is for people who are culturally competent and who care for humanity and human rights; if this isn't something that you believe in, go back to picking your nose and watching your stupid shows and stop writing your nonsensical and moronic comments. People like you make me want to vomit. The world would have been a much better place if there were less people like you...

    January 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pat

    It is sad how prisoners become expendable regardless of their crime . . . Next step is to anounce the prisoners started the fire . . . Don't believe it since it happens over and over again and again . . . Think US prisons also have orders to shoot all prisoners in emergency situations

    January 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    The bottom line is that 42 people were killed is a fire, and everybody here is picking on one another over grammar, spelling, and calling each other names. Typical.

    I'm sorry for the poor souls who perished, no matter what they went to prison for. Burning to death is a horrendous, painful way to die, and I hope they're at peace at last.

    January 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PartisanSheep

    I was being sarcastic about the US stepping in. I believe the US should become an isolationist country. We should take care of our people first and tell the rest of the world to pi$$ off.

    January 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MissAnthrope

    I agree totally, PS. Why is the United States expected to right every wrong? Then, in the process, we get targeted by every despot nation that want to blow us off the face of the Earth! Nuts to that!!!

    January 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @banasy: true, a horrifying way to go; only consolation is it can't happen to those poor souls twice. You all: Why is everyone picking on Kim. Do you feel artificially superior just because you caught a mistake or 2, or 3, or 4, or 5, or 6, or 7....or 1,000,000.? (Sorry Kim, couldn't resist)

    January 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Yaku

    No country in africa is a poor country. If tunisia was poor, why do the french care about taking it back? France is usa in crimes against africans, why would any one with the right psych want us's help? Im glad the idiot ran to saudi king. He's friend to us evil govt any ways. Saying they should put chips in detainees in cuba to track their movements when thy're let out of jail. A friend of the king is a friend of us and europe. Got logic? The math is cheap. Stop the fight against and fight together for justice! I speak more than 6 tongues and i am american. How has it helped my country change for the better? Please, guys, stay on the topic on this site!

    January 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    My puppy is named Yaku.

    January 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leakyloo

    The Tunisian government of Ben Ali, which had been criticised in the media and amongst NGO's, was supported by the United States and France because of Ben Ali's "persecution of the Islamists, his economic agenda was touted as a "brilliant model" that could be replicated in North Africa and he proved to be a staunch US ally actively involved in the controversial rendition programme." As a result, the initial reactions by the US and France were Muted.The US supported this dictatorship,sent military support $12million during 12.2011 alone to help w/problems and on and on.....
    I just wish the US would just stay out of it,doubt it though,sharks circling w/their false rhetoric already.

    January 16, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. helenhull102951

    Why does this even make our news, I don't get it! What the media needs to do is to find some "GOOD NEWS to write about". I know somewhere in this country there is something GOOD happening. Why not use your time writing about the GOOD things instead of looking for everything bad? And some of you people are right-on when you say that the US needs to keep their noses out everyone elses bussiness and tend to their own affairs!! We have enough problems of our own to work on, but I guess this government does'nt figure that America needs fixing. THEY COULD'NT BE MORE WRONG!!! Hey US government, quit screwing around with everyone elses BULL-SH-T and start minding to your own screwed up nation...

    January 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    HelenHull would know about "affairs" and getting "screwed up."

    January 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. waldo

    ***hi helen u have a long long name c u

    January 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
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