Tunisian protest tear-gassed, teachers strike
Monday, January 24, 2022 10:06 AM

Related Stories



(Source: Associated Press/AP Online)By HADEEL AL-SHALCHI

TUNIS, Tunisia - Authorities clashed with anti-government protesters outside the prime minister's office Monday, teachers went on strike, and police demanded the right to form a union, as Tunisia struggled to stabilize itself after its president was overthrown.

Following an overnight 'sleep-in' in defiance of the country's curfew, scores of protesters from Tunisian provinces gathered in central Tunis, shouting anti-government slogans. As the crowd grew rowdy, police fired tear gas grenades in the air.

Demonstrators covered their faces with Tunisian flags to protect themselves from the acrid clouds. They shattered the windows of police cars, sending shards of glass into the empty cars and onto the ground near the building where the prime minister works. No injuries were immediately reported.

Schools were set to reopen Monday after protracted closure because of the unrest, but teachers went on strike. Some students joined the demonstrations instead of heading to their classrooms.

The protesters are angry that holdovers from former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's regime have leading posts in the interim government in place since last week. Ben Ali fled the country Jan. 14 after 23 years in power, pushed out by weeks of deadly protests driven by anger over joblessness, corruption and repression.

Noisy street demonstrations have continued since Ben Ali's departure, but most have been peaceful. The confrontation Monday morning was brief and involved a small group of protesters, and the atmosphere seemed calm soon afterward.

Police officers were holding a separate protest of their own near the Interior Ministry in central Tunis, demanding to be able to form a union.

State TV also reported Monday that a former Ben Ali political adviser who had been sought by police, Abdelwaheb Abdallah, has been located and placed under house arrest.

Police have cracked down on key allies of the ousted president, placing two high-ranking officials under house arrest and detaining the head of a well-known private TV station for allegedly trying to slow the country's nascent steps toward democracy.

Tunisia's so-called "Jasmine Revolution" sparked scattered protests and civil disobedience across the Middle East and North Africa. Many observers are looking to see if Tunisians can complete their fervent push for democracy.

Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, who took that post in 1999 under Ben Ali and has kept it through the upheaval, has vowed to quit politics after upcoming elections. But he has insisted that he needs to stay on to shepherd Tunisia through a transition to democracy. Many other Cabinet members also are Ben Ali-era holdovers.

In France, Tunisia's colonial-era overseer, President Nicolas Sarkozy acknowledged Monday that his government "underestimated" the anger that drove Tunisian protesters to overthrow their longtime leader. Tunisia was a French protectorate and France has maintained close ties with its leaders since independence.

Sarkozy said it would be inappropriate for France to meddle in Tunisia's current affairs or exhibit "colonial reflexes."

Earlier this month, France's foreign minister, Michele Alliot-Marie, was criticized for offering French security know-how to Tunisian authorities as they struggled to subdue protesters. Some 78 civilians have been killed, many shot by police, according to the government's official count. The opposition says the overall toll is much higher.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Ghannouchi and said the U.S. is encouraged by indications the interim government is trying to be inclusive and ensure that the many segments of Tunisian society will have a voice.

---

Khalil Ben Hamida in Tunis contributed to this report.

A service of YellowBrix, Inc.

 

Sponsors

Symbol :

Advertisement

Market news:

  • Ill. court throws Emanuel off Chicago ballot Jan 25, 2022 12:34 AM

    • CHICAGO - Just days ago, Rahm Emanuel seemed to be steamrolling the entire field of candidates for Chicago mayor.
    • Emanuel's lawyers quickly sought help from the Illinois Supreme Court, asking the justices to stop the appellate ruling and to hear an appeal as soon as possible.
    • This is just one turn in the road," Emanuel said, adding that the "people of the city of Chicago deserve the right to make the decision on who they want to be their next mayor."
      • Engineer gets 32 years for military secrets sale Jan 24, 2022 11:57 PM

        • HONOLULU - A former B-2 stealth bomber engineer was sentenced to 32 years in prison Monday for selling military secrets to China in the latest of several high-profile cases of Chinese espionage in the U.S.
        • Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway said Noshir Gowadia, 66, would likely be in his late 80s by the time he is released if he gets credit for good behavior in prison.
        • Prosecutors said Gowadia helped China design a stealth cruise missile to get money to pay the $15,000-a-month mortgage on his luxurious multimillion dollar home overlooking the ocean on Maui.
          • AP sources: Browner leaving as Obama adviser Jan 24, 2022 11:50 PM

            • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's top adviser on energy and climate matters is stepping down, two White House officials confirmed Monday.
            • The departure of Carol Browner underscores that there will be no major White House push on climate change, given that such efforts have little chance of succeeding on Capitol Hill.
            • Browner, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator under President Bill Clinton, will be leaving the White House just as Republicans in Congress prepare to take on the Obama administration over global warming and the administration's response to the massive Gulf oil spill.
              • Oprah Winfrey finds sister she didn't know she had Jan 24, 2022 11:30 PM

                • CHICAGO - Oprah Winfrey has discovered she has a half-sister - a Milwaukee woman who was given up for adoption by Winfrey's mother nearly 50 years ago, when the talk show host was eight years old.
                • An emotional Winfrey introduced her newly found sibling to viewers Monday and explained the woman's persistent quest to find her birth mother.
                • "This, my friends, is the miracle of all miracles," Winfrey said before bringing out the 48-year-old woman, who throughout the program was identified only as Patricia, with no mention of her occupation or any other details.
                  • State of the Union: It's the economy, again Jan 24, 2022 11:30 PM

                    • WASHINGTON - Standing before a nation clamoring for jobs, President Barack Obama will call for targeted spending to boost the economy but also for budget cutting in Tuesday night's State of the Union address, his first in a new era of divided political power.
                    • Yet no matter how ambitious Obama's rhetorical reach, his speech at the halfway point of his term will be viewed in the context of his new political reality.
                    • As if to underscore that point, Obama's speech will come just hours after the House is to vote on setting spending for the rest of the year at 2008, pre-recession levels.

                      More news


Advertisement

    Recent Estimates

AnalystFirm NameSymbolEPS Estimate
XXXXXXXXXX AKAM$0.28
XXXXXXXXXX LVS$0.38
ASAS BAC$0.19
danPersonal BAC$0.19
samXXXXX JCI$0.54
brobbrinc INTC$0.53
brobbrinc RIMM$1.64
XXXXXXXXXX CWEI$1.27
XXXXXXXXXX RDWR$0.22
XXXXXXXXXX NR$0.09