Fri January 14, 2011

Protests Escalate In Tunisia As President Promises Changes

The North African country, a popular destination for Western tourists, has been under authoritarian rule for nearly a quarter-century. After weeks of deadly protests, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali promised civil reforms in a national broadcast Thursday. On Friday, after he dismissed his government and called for new elections, a state of emergency was declared. But his promised concessions have not stopped the violent protests around the country. Steve Inskeep gets the latest from Eleanor Beardsley in the capital, Tunis.

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