11 January 2013

Tunisia: Calm Restored in Ben Guerdane

Ben Guerdane — A precarious calm is prevailing on Friday morning in Ben Guerdane and security reinforcements have been deployed after a noticeable presence of the army yesterday, TAP news agency local correspondent reports.

Groups of residents have gathered on Friday morning at the Grand Maghreb Arab square which had been, these last days, the scene of protests.

Local residents denounced, in a statement to the correspondent of TAP, the return of the police, deploring this large deployment of security.

The police station and the customs office in Ben Guerdane had been set on fire on Thursday by protestors who looted several cars seized by customs, stormed the local premises of Ennahdha and set fire to a cereals warehouse.

In view of this escalation of violence, the Ras Jedir border post has been totally closed to any traffic (passengers and goods) after being partly open on Thursday.

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