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3 Killed in Clashes Between Protesters And Security Forces in Tunisia


Tunisian demonstrators stand behind a barricade as they clash with Tunisian security forces during an anti-government protest in Tunis on February 26, 2011.

Tunisian demonstrators stand behind a barricade as they clash with Tunisian security forces during an anti-government protest in Tunis on February 26, 2011.

Tunisia's Interior Ministry says three people were killed Saturday in clashes between security forces and anti-government demonstrators.

The violence erupted in the capital, Tunis, after several hundred protesters gathered outside the Interior Ministry. Some demonstrators threw rocks at security officials who fired tear gas and warning shots. Officials say several people were injured.

On Friday, thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tunis where they called for the ouster of the interim government. They demanded the resignation of interim Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi and called for changes in the country's interim government.

Some demonstrators have criticized the make-up of the interim government, saying it is too close to the government of former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. The former president was ousted in a January revolt that has sparked similar protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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