Heavy security in Tunisia to protect Erdogan

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — As Turkey’s leader visited Tunisia on Thursday, two small demonstrations took place in Tunis in support of the anti-government protests taking place in Turkey.

But no violence was reported as Tunisia’s military protected the Turkish Embassy. Armored vehicles backed by squads of riot police surrounded the embassy and kept 100 protesters at a distance.

The second protest involved dozens of people and took place in front of the Chamber of Commerce ahead of a scheduled meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Tunisian businessmen.

A pro-Syrian government group also took part in the protests, which had been called for by Tunisia’s leftist Popular Front coalition.

Tens of thousands of people have been holding anti-government protests in Turkey, sparked by Erdogan’s plans to replace a park with a shopping mall in Istanbul.

Erdogan was completing a four-day tour of northern Africa on Thursday and returning home. The way he responds to the unrest upon returning is being closely watched.

Protests are common in Tunisia, which kicked off the Arab Spring in 2011 by overthrowing its dictator in a popular uprising.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s