>Army Called In as Tunisian Protests Hit Capital

Posted on January 12, 2011

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Firebombs thrown at Tunisian Embassy in Swiss capital


Swiss police have said several firebombs were thrown at the Tunisian Embassy in Bern early Wednesday.
The firebombs failed to ignite and caused only minimal damage. The attack took place shortly after midnight local time, and the unknown assailants managed to get away. Police said they are studying the motives for the attack and are seeking witnesses.
Tunisia has been rocked by a wave of violence in recent days that officials say has killed at least 23 civilians, the worst public unrest in the rule of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who has been in power for more than two decades.
Protesters in Tunisia say they want jobs and better living conditions. The authorities say protests have been hijacked by a minority of violent extremists armed with petrol bombs and clubs.

Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis), France – “Small explosion” in front of the Consulate of Tunisia


AFP
January 9, 2011 – Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis) – The Consulate of Tunisia in Pantin suffered a “small explosion” Sunday morning, which caused “minimal damage” to its steel shutter, it was learned Wednesday, while the Embassy talks about a “bomb” causing a “strong deflagration. Police sources reported “a small explosion shortly before 5:00 which resulted in minimal damage to the metal front of the consulate.”
According to the prefecture of Seine-Saint-Denis, “Petroleum which was set fire to” could be the cause of the explosion. In a written statement to AFP, the Tunisian ambassador in France, Raouf Najar, denounced the “terrorist act”: “disinformation in recent days on what happens in Tunisia is such that everything becomes possible, even this terrorist act. ” “The surveillance
camera recorded the deposit by three people of what appears to be a bomb,” the embassy said in a statement. This device provoked “a strong explosion (which) has destroyed the front door of the consulate,” she added.
At Pantin, the consulate, an annex of the Consulate General of Tunisia in Paris, was opened Sunday at 10:00. The metal shutter, burned, was almost fully raised, and about twenty people lined up. Some policemen were stationed outside the consulate located on the ground floor and first floor of a building of ten floors at the corner of the Porte de Pantin. The Crime
Branch of the police is in charge of the investigation.

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