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Tunisians mourn those killed in rioting

Published 22/01/2011

Tunisians lowered flags and state television played recitations of the Koran yesterday to mourn dozens of people |who died in the protests that drove the country's president from power.

Demonstrators gathered peacefully near the interior ministry chanting “down with the government”.

The government declared three days of national mourning beginning yesterday.

President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia a week ago at the peak of protests over unemployment, corruption and repression. The interior minister said 78 civilians were killed, many shot by police.

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