Protests in Tunisia calls for government resignation

AFP , Wednesday 19 Jan 2011

Protests in the Tunisian capital call for the new government to resign

A police officer faces protestors during a demonstration against the Constitutional Democratic Rally, RCD, party of Ben Ali in the center of Tunis (Photo: AP)

Hundreds of people protested in the centre of Tunis on Wednesday, calling for the government to resign and for the abolition of the RCD, the former ruling party under Tunisia's authoritarian regime.

"Ben Ali has gone to Saudi Arabia! The government should go there too," the protesters chanted, referring to former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who resigned abruptly and fled on Friday after 23 years of iron-fisted rule.

Some of the 400 protesters waved placards reading: "Down with the RCD!"

"We want a new parliament, a new constituion, a new republic! People rise up," they chanted.

Riot police stood guard at the demonstration in the central Avenue Bourguiba -- the scene of a mass protest by thousands of people on Friday that led to Ben Ali's ouster and far smaller demos on Tuesday that were broken up by police.

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