In Tunisia at least 40 people were killed on Thursday (26 January) during a one-day general strike that erupted into street rioting.
In Tunisia at least 40 people were killed on Thursday (26 January) during a one-day general strike that erupted into street rioting. Interior Minister Dhaoui Hannablia said the final death toll could be much higher. A state of emergency was declared and a curfew imposed in the capital of Tunis.
SYNOPSIS: The strikers held a mass rally outside the headquarters of the UGTT, the General Workers' Union, in Tunis. The strike was called by UGTT to protest against recent attack on trade union offices and the arrest of union officials.
Government newspapers which continued publishing despite the strike blamed the General Workers' Union for the violence. The Government news agency TAP accused vandals of opening fire in the capital. It said most of the rioters were youths from the city's poorer districts, where some of the worst fighting was reported.
Most shops and businesses closed down during the strike and many streets were almost deserted. As strikers stood idly in groups in some areas of the city, elsewhere fire blazed in the streets and cameraman Ben Abdallah reported that his car Abdallah reported that this car was badly damaged by rioters hostile to the press. Tanks were sent in and police fired at stoned-throwing groups.