Tear gas fired on lawyer protest in Tunisia

AP News
Posted: Aug 15, 2011 4:55 PM
Tear gas fired on lawyer protest in Tunisia

Tunisian police have fired tear gas to disperse protesters throwing stones and smashing storefronts in an unexpected eruption of violence in the country's capital.

A few hundred lawyers were protesting Monday in Tunis over what they say is continuing corruption in the courts and too-lax verdicts against those in the regime of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Interior Ministry spokesman Hichem Mouaddeb says several people were arrested.

The caretaker government is trying to ensure Tunisia's political transition after longtime autocrat Ben Ali was ousted in a popular revolt earlier this year.

Tunisia's uprising led to protests in several Arab countries, and many are looking to Tunisia to see how it manages the transition.