TUNIS - Fifteen people were injured Friday in Tunis in clashes with police during the evacuation of the Kasbah, where hundreds of demonstrators camped for five days to demand the resignation of the government, sources said.
"I counted a dozen injured, some with injuries," said a doctor who has given assistance to victims in the Tunisian agency TAP.
"We had 15 wounded, most with broken bones in the hands or legs," he told AFP Oualid Aloui, spokesman for the demonstrators from Kasserine (West Central), one of the bastions of the revolution Tunisia .
Violent clashes erupted Friday afternoon, protesters and riot police when they evacuated the esplanade of the Kasbah, in the aftermath of a major overhaul of the transitional government, now stripped of most of the former chiefs of the regime of President Ben Ali deposed. "We're in a bus" to return to Kasserine, on the southern outskirts of Tunis, he said, assuring that the protesters from the nearby town of Sidi Bouzid were "already gone".
Part of the demonstrators were dispersed on Friday night were a sit-in outside the house lawyers within which others had sought shelter, said a lawyer told AFP.
The evacuation of the muscular "caravan of liberation" from the Kasbah occurred while unionists and lawyers tried to convince the protesters to go home.