More protests reported in Tunisia

A thousand people have been demonstrating outside the office of Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi in Tunis on Tuesday, demanding the resignation of the transitional government, predominantly consisting of members from the ousted regime of former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

Most of them had camped on the esplanade of the Kasbah for a second consecutive night, defying the curfew. The crowd had as well protested on Monday evening, despite the calls of the Tunisian Army’s Chief of Staff, General Rashid Ammar, who had asked for the site to be cleared. Earlier in the day, the protests degenerated into violence, as clashes occurred between demonstrators throwing stones and the riot police who used tear gas in order to disperse them. Moreover, a police vehicle was smashed by an angry crowd during the violence.