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Updated: January 25, 2011 14:31 IST

Now Tunisian teachers strike as protests broaden

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Scores of protesters also defied a nationwide curfew and staged a sleep-in not far from the prime minister?s office in Tunis overnight against holdovers from former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali?s regime.

Riot policemen face protestors during a demonstration in Algiers. Riot police broke up a planned march by hundreds of protesters who want Algeria to scrap a law banning public gatherings. File photo: AP.
Riot policemen face protestors during a demonstration in Algiers. Riot police broke up a planned march by hundreds of protesters who want Algeria to scrap a law banning public gatherings. File photo: AP.

Teachers across Tunisia have gone on strike to demand members of the former party of the ousted president stay out of power, on the day when schools were set to reopen after weeks of closure amid unrest and street protests.

Meanwhile, scores of protesters defied a nationwide curfew and staged a sleep-in not far from the prime minister?s office in Tunis overnight against holdovers from former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali?s regime.

State TV also reported on Monday that a former Ben Ali political adviser who had been sought by police, Abdelwaheb Abdallah, has been located and placed under house arrest.

The North African country has faced waves of noisy but largely peaceful street demonstrations and other protests since Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on January 14 in the wake of weeks of deadly unrest against his regime.

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