Tunisia arrests more than 2,300 since Feb 1

AP News
Posted: Mar 05, 2011 1:47 PM
Tunisia arrests more than 2,300 since Feb 1

Tunisia's Interior Ministry says that more than 2,300 escaped inmates, thieves and other troublemakers have been rounded up by security forces since Feb. 1.

More than 9,000 prisoners have fled prisons in the unrest that followed the end of the regime of autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled the country Jan. 14.

A ministry statement Saturday, carried by the TAP news agency, didn't say how many of the 2,342 people arrested were escaped inmates. It said that 700 had committed acts of theft and 260 were delinquents who had "terrorized citizens."

The caretaker government wants to re-establish security before elections for a constituent assembly July 24.

Tunisia's revolution sparked pro-democracy uprisings around the Arab world.