Tear Gas Fired on Lawyer Protest in Tunisia

By: AP
By: AP

TUNIS (AP) -- Tunisian police have fired tear gas to disperse
protesters throwing stones and smashing storefronts in an
unexpected eruption of violence in the country's capital.

A few hundred lawyers were protesting Monday in Tunis over what
they say is continuing corruption in the courts and too-lax
verdicts against those in the regime of ousted President Zine El
Abidine Ben Ali.

Interior Ministry spokesman Hichem Mouaddeb says several people
were arrested.

The caretaker government is trying to ensure Tunisia's political
transition after longtime autocrat Ben Ali was ousted in a popular
revolt earlier this year.

Tunisia's uprising led to protests in several Arab countries,
and many are looking to Tunisia to see how it manages the

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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