Teachers join in Tunisian protests

Tunisian teachers went on strike today as part of growing protests demanding supporters of the overthrown president be kept out of the new government.

Tunisian teachers went on strike today as part of growing protests demanding supporters of the overthrown president be kept out of the new government.

Meanwhile, scores of protesters defied a nationwide curfew and staged a sleep-in not far from the prime minister’s office in Tunis overnight against remnants of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s regime.

State TV also reported that a former Ben Ali political adviser who had been sought by police, Abdelwaheb Abdallah, had been found and placed under house arrest.

Tunisia has faced waves of noisy but largely peaceful street demonstrations and other protests since Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on January 14 in the wake of weeks of deadly unrest against his regime.

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