Protesters march in Tunis amid Arab League fears
Residents protest in the center of Tunis on Wednesday.
January 19th, 2011
10:54 AM ET

Protesters march in Tunis amid Arab League fears

Protesters angered over living conditions and government corruption staged a noisy but peaceful rally in Tunisia's capital Wednesday, and an Arab League official said the unrest illustrates "the greatsocial shakes that are inflicting Arab societies."

"It is on everybody's mind that the Arab spirit is broken. The Arab spirit is down by poverty, unemployment, and the general decline in the real indicators of development," Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League said at an economic summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

In Tunis, crowds of people tramped down Avenue Habib Bourguiba, singing the country's national anthem and chanting against the former ruling party and the former president, who fled the country last week amid the countrywide grass-roots uprising.

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  1. Sherrie Farnsworth

    God Bless the Free and the Brave in Tunisia! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    January 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack Foxe

    You can keep some of the people down for much of the time, but you cannot keep all the people down forever. I see much revolution coming in Africa and the Middle East.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Let's hope you're right,Jack. That part of the world soarly needs change and far less Western interference.

      January 20, 2011 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. sonny orr

    freedom loving people, look what the Poles did,.the Czechs,and others.A blessing on your future.Peace

    January 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. myklds

    Let's hope for a better Tunisia rather than forseeing a "MOST NASTIEST WAR."

    January 22, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |