Monday, January 24, 2011

Thousands of Tunisians appear, followed by the very teachers strike

TUNIS - Tunisia Thousands of protesters have demanded the resignation Monday without weakening of the transitional government, especially to the Prime Minister's office where clashes took place with limited police, while teachers were on strike to support the movement.
The protesters demand the resignation a week ago the government of national unity because of the controversial presence in its ranks of chiefs of the old Ben Ali, have seen their ranks swell again.
A few hundred at dawn, they became again thousands - "between 3 and 5,000" according to a military - in early afternoon to protest on the plaza of the Kasbah, near the palace where the prime working Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi.
"The Kasbah is the Bastille in Tunisia and we will remove it, like the sans-culottes French brought down the Bastille in 1789," promised a protester.
Other processions, joined by such high school students, marched Avenue Habib Bourguiba, the main thoroughfare of the capital.
Earlier, near the offices of the Prime Minister, where they camped overnight despite the curfew rural youth arrived on the eve of the region of Sidi Bouzid, home of the "jasmine revolution", clashed Police groups of demonstrators.
Of riot police fired tear gas against protesters who threw stones at police while others were trying to smuggle the seat of government officials.
Later, a group has totally trashed a police car in an empty side street, having rushed to the people they had taken for members of the government entering a government building.
Each time, the military, popular for refusing to fire on the crowd before the fall of Ben Ali, have been off between protesters and police.
After a weekend of anti-government mobilization on Monday was to test the changing balance of power between the street and the government, which relies on a hypothetical shortness of popular protest.
His efforts to get the country back on track have been sealed by the input an "indefinite strike" teachers are also demanding the departure of former ministers of Mr. Ben Ali, in this day of formal resumption of progress in the nursery, the Primary and high school students in graduating class.
"According to our information, the movement is followed by 90-100% in all countries. Only a few cases of non-striking teachers," he told AFP the general secretary of National Union of Teachers Elementary, Hfayed Hfayed. The government did not immediately estimate.
This strike has caused discontent of many parents. "This strike is irresponsible, we take our kids hostage," inveighed Lamia Bouassida to primary school in the Rue de Marseille to Tunis.
In the suburbs of Tunis, Mourouj, some parents insisted to admit their children in classrooms, denouncing a "political strike."
A scheduled press conference Minister of Justice, Lazhar Karoui Chebbi, investigations aimed clan Ben Ali and that of his wife Leila Trabelsi has also been postponed to an unspecified date.
Abroad, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, widely criticized for its reserve during the "jasmine revolution", acknowledged that France had "not taken the proper measure" of the situation.
"Behind the emancipation of women, the effort of education and training, economic dynamism, the emergence of a middle class, there was despair, suffering, feelings of suffocation which we must admit, we had not taken the right measure, "he acknowledged.
The "revolution of jasmine" provided a "lesson" to the European Union and the United States in their relations with dictatorships, for his part felt the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth.
"We were particularly disappointed by the reaction of France," who "has supported the protesters when President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was practically on day one," he criticized, saying that the United States , whose president Barack Obama took "the clear advantage of democracy" have "been better".

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