Published — Friday 11 January 2013
Last update 11 January 2013 10:22 pm
TUNIS: Hundreds of Tunisian protesters demanding jobs and the reopening of a border crossing with Libya set fire to a police station and cars, and police used teargas and fired shots into the air to disperse them yesterday, a Reuters witness said.
Protesters in Ben Guerdane want the Ras Jedir crossing reopened so that trade with Libya, on which most of the population depend, can start again.
Tunisian and Libyan authorities opened the crossing briefly on Thursday but shut it because of the security threat. Four days of protests in Ben Guerdane turned violent on Thursday.
“Protesters burned police stations overnight ... now police are chasing them and firing teargas and shots into the air to disperse them,” a Reuters photographer in Ben Guerdane said.