Once-feared police stage their own rally
Tunisian police officers mounted a protest of their own Saturday, demanding better salaries and insisting they are not to blame for shooting deaths among demonstrators who last week forced President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country he had ruled for 23 years.
At least 2,000 police rallied in downtown Tunis, an epicenter of recent protests and clashes between youths and police.
Tunisia’s police were widely feared under Ben Ali. They held their rally near the hulking Interior Ministry, a symbol of the dread his government inspired formany Tunisians. But the demands they pressed were similar to others in recent days — including calls for the creation of a labor union, better pay and the ousting from government of anyone who belonged to Ben Ali’s party.