Tunisia hit by further violence despite curfew

Tunisia hit by further violence despite curfew

Tunisia has been hit by further violent unrest over night as protestors defied a dusk-till-dawn curfew to take to the streets.

Tunis was worst affected as protestors continued to display their anger at rising food and fuel prices, high unemployment and corruption.

The mid-haul destination is popular with tourists from Europe keen to benefit from low prices outside the Eurozone.

Reports from trade unions and human rights organisations suggest at least 50 protestors have been killed by government forces since the demonstrations began a month ago.

President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has dismissed his interior minister, Rafik Belhaj Kacem, in an attempt to stem the unrest.

Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been in power for 23 years, a source of further unrest

He Belhaj Kacem had been responsible for the police force, which has been criticised by observers for using excessive force in quelling the unrest.

The provincial town of Sidi Bouzid - where the unrest started – also saw several thousand people march through the streets chanting anti-government slogans.

In December a jobless local man set himself on fire in protest at his treatment by the authorities.

The man later died, sparking the largest wave of unrest seen in the country for decades.

Unpopular president Ben Ali has blamed unnamed foreign instigators for the riots.