Tunisians march against rising political violence

Associated Press

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – Thousands of people decrying growing violence in Tunisian politics have marched in the capital saying the nation’s nascent democracy is at risk.

Monday’s march came four days after the death of a union leader during a protest that turned violent. Nine people were injured in the small protest in Tataouine, in the south, and the union leader died of what the Interior Ministry said was a heart attack.

Opposition party offices in Tunisia also have been attacked.

Some 4,000 people marched down central Tunis’s main avenue, among them former Central Bank Governor Mustapha Kamel Nabli who called for “peace and concord” in this “critical period.”

Tunisians overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011. But the new, democratically elected government faces persistent social unrest, often over economic issues.

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