Tunisia's police protest, demanding fair treatment

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Posted: Nov 28, 2011 2:08 PM
Tunisia's police protest, demanding fair treatment

Hundreds of Tunisian police are demonstrating in the capital of Tunis, complaining that they are being scapegoated under the new government.

The country's police were widely reviled for their role in enforcing the decades-long dictatorship of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and have been accused of killing hundreds of demonstrators.

Police on Monday said the 150 members of the security forces under arrest were not receiving fair trials. Some urged an investigation into the deaths of demonstrators, hinting that the army might have been involved in those killings during the monthlong uprising that send Ben Ali fleeing on Jan. 14.

The uprising in Tunisia sparked the Arab Spring revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East and the country just held its first free election in October.