Police fire teargas at violent protests in Sidi Bouzid

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 27, 2013 7:35 PM

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian police fired teargas late on Saturday to disperse violent protests in the southern town of Sidi Bouzid, cradle of the country's revolution and hometown of slain opposition figure Mohamed Brahmi, witnesses said.

Angry demonstrators, who came out to protest Thursday's assassination of Brahmi, threw rocks at police, said local resident Mahdi al-Horshani.

"Hundreds of protesters lit tires on fire to block roads and they threw rocks at the police," he told Reuters by telephone. "There is a lot of anger and frustration at the situation."

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Editing by Peter Cooney)