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Tunisia army declares protest area 'closed military zone'

Iran Press TV

Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:32PM GMT

Tunisian army has declared an area where pro- and anti-government protests were held as “closed military zone.”

The military used barbed wire to close the main square in the capital, Tunis, on Monday.

Opposition media reported that demonstrators from both sides pledged to come back to the area, adding that anti-government protesters had already begun regrouping close to the square.

On the same day, Tunisian police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the city of Sidi Bouzid, the hometown of slain opposition figure, Mohamed Brahmi.

The demonstrators, who assembled in front of the governor’s office in the centre-west city, demanded the resignation of the government.

Meanwhile on Sunday, a group of Tunisian lawmakers staged a sit-in in front of the parliament in protest against the assassination of the leading opposition figure.

The lawmakers said they hold the government led by the ruling Ennahda Party responsible for the killing of Brahmi, which sparked protests over the past week in the capital and other cities.

Tunisia has seen numerous clashes between the authorities and extremist groups over the past few months.

As birthplace of pro-democracy protests across North Africa and the Middle East, Tunisia is struggling with a democratic changeover after the overthrow of its dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

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