Tunisian protesters decry new government's 'leftovers' from old regime
Police clash with demonstrators at a small protest rally in Tunisia.
January 18th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

Tunisian protesters decry new government's 'leftovers' from old regime

As many as 1,000 protesters took to the streets in the Tunisian capital Tuesday, calling the country's new unity government a sham and demanding that more should be done to sweep the old guard out of power.

One day after opposition leaders joined the current ruling party in a new government to replace ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, roving packs of protesters in central Tunis staged demonstrations, eyewitnesses said.

When peaceful gatherings started to grow in size, witnesses said, police would step in and start firing tear gas and chase protesters with their batons. There were at least a half dozen people beaten up, eyewitnesses said, and one man's arm was broken.

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  1. Daniel

    What Tunisia needs is a Communist revolution here and now.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      I totally agree Daniel,no matter what all these feeble-minded,right-wing nutjobs say. This country really needs to wise up!!!

      January 18, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. fineart

    Brave citizens of Tinisia; DON'T STOP NOW! Clean all of the murders, rapist, torturers and embezzelers out of your government, then put them on trial. Don't take no for an answer. Stand together and have no fear.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      What's funny is that the people of Tunisia got together and threw out dictator Ben Ali in the total absence of foreign troops,whereas in Iraq it took a foreign invasion to get rid of Saddam Hussein and that was through the efforts of just one man,George W.Bush!!!

      January 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kim

    Those crooked leader really do not want to give up as long as they think they can get away with something they need to leave for the better good of the country and the people but they never where there for those reason it was all about power and control. When these tyrant leave and allow what there citizens want in a government then will we see change!

    January 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |