Tunisian Protests Turn Deadly
Posted on Jan 9, 2011
Protests over unemployment have led to the deaths of eight people in Tunisia. The government said police opened fire in self-defense after rioters took to destroying public buildings in the northwestern towns of Thala and Kasserine.—JCL
The deaths occurred in the town of Thala—about 200 km (125 miles) south-west of the capital Tunis—and the nearby town of Kasserine.
An interior ministry statement said that in both towns, police had fired in self-defence after rioters attacked public buildings.
The protests first erupted last month over a lack of freedom and jobs.
AP / Hassene Dridi
A man kisses the Tunisian flag during a weekend demonstration in Tunis against high prices and unemployment.