Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the centre of Tunis on September 22 to take part in a rally organised by the Tunisian Communist Party in support of the Palestinian people.
GVs Crowds gathering for demonstration shouting, waving their fists and waving on PLO flag (5 shots)
GV Social Democrat leader Mastiri addressing demonstrators (4 shots)
GV Demonstrators running away after police have broken up rally (2 shots)
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Background: Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the centre of Tunis on September 22 to take part in a rally organised by the Tunisian Communist Party in support of the Palestinian people. The rally followed a meeting by Arab Foreign Ministers in Tunis aimed at working out a common reaction to the recent massacre of Palestinians in Beirut camps. The PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organisation) representative said the United States was morally responsible for the killings and called for Arab sanctions including a reduction in oil supplies and a boycott on American imports. The Arab response to this appeal was guarded and the only action agreed upon was the recall of Arab ambassador in the U.S. The reaction of pro-Palestinian Tunisians to the decision was on of anger and the crowds massed at the rally shouted anti-Arab League and anti-US slogans. Riot police eventually moved in to break up the demonstration and the protestors were dispersed.