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Violence-hit Tunisia town sees big protest

SILIANA, Tunisia: Thousands of people protested for a fourth straight day yesterday in the central town of Siliana demanding the governor quit, as political instability mounts in Tunisia two years after a revolution.
Tunisia’s main trade union UGTT called for a symbolic march a few km toward Tunis which drew a crowd of several thousand, who took part on foot, in cars and on motorcycles.
As they advanced they chanted, “With our souls and our blood we sacrifice for Siliana.”
Protesters from the impoverished town, 120 km southwest of Tunis, told AFP they would continue their agitation until governor Ahmed Ezzine Mahjoubi steps down, police repression ends and a development program for the region is put in place.
More than 300 people have been wounded since Tuesday when the protesters first took to the streets of Siliana, sparking clashes with police.
The streets of the town were yesterday littered with stones, charred remains of barricades made from burnt tires, while residents also set up road blocks on the highway leading to Tunis, according to AFP reporters.
“We will undertake a symbolic march to show the determination of the people against marginalization,” UGTT secretary general Nejib Sebti told AFP as he urged the crowd to march “quietly and peacefully.”

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