Tunisian pro-democracy protests continue

This is a video of a Tunisian lawyers’ anti-dictatorship protest.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Protests defy state crackdown

Tuesday 04 January 2011

by Our Foreign Desk

Students and trade unionists continued to protest against youth unemployment and police brutality across Tunisia on Monday in defiance of a government crackdown.

The march by hundreds of people in Thala city, Sidi Bouzid region, started peacefully but trouble flared up when riot police fired tear gas at the demonstration.

Protesters responded by setting tyres ablaze. Some attacked the offices of the ruling Constitutional Democratic Rally.

Witnesses reported that some protesters had been seriously injured in clashes with police, but this was impossible to confirm.

Activists complain that the government is trying to enforce a media blackout on the ongoing demonstrations, which kicked off early last month when a young unemployed university graduate, Mohamed Bouazizi, attempted to commit suicide by setting himself on fire.

Students report that the government has hacked emails and blogs that express support for the protests that have since spread across the country.

Security forces have reportedly surrounded schools and universities in a bid to prevent young people from participating in the rallies.

Lawyers who took to the streets last week to condemn the crackdown were themselves on the receiving end, with several reported injured. The Tunisian Bar Association has announced a general strike for Thursday in protest at the repression.

An international group of hackers called Anonymous have backed the protesters by attacking official government websites, including those for the president, prime minister, Ministry for Industry, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the stock exchange.

In a manifesto reportedly posted on the prime minister’s website but later removed the group charged that President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s administration had “unilaterally declared war on free speech, democracy, and even its own people.”

See also here.

Tunisia: Authorities Must Cease Repression and Start Dialogue: here.

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