Four more killed in Tunisia riots


A demonstrator in Tunisia picks up debris as police officers look on (AP)

At least four people have been killed in Tunisia as police clashed with rioting youths angry over unemployment.

The latest deaths near the capital, Tunis, and Bizerte to the north, came as protesters defied a government-ordered curfew aimed at calming more than three weeks of violence nationwide.

The government put the death toll at 23, while the opposition said it was more than twice that figure.

Police have repeatedly opened fire on protesters defying autocratic president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who has been in power for 23 years.

The riots have shattered Tunisia’s image as an island of calm in volatile North Africa.

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