Street protests broke out in Tunisia's Sidi Bouzid today, the epicenter of last year's historic revolution, prompting authorities to fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse an angry crowd of several hundred, reported Reuters.
The self-immolation of Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in Sidi Bouzid last year triggered a historic movement that resulted in the ousting of the country's longtime leader and created a chain reaction of political uprisings throughout the region.
Medical officials said six people were wounded by the police crackdown on today's rally in the central Tunisian city, according to Reuters.
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Hundreds of people demonstrated for better economic conditions, political reforms and more jobs, and against the city governor, said Reuters, citing participants chanting, "Where are Sidi Bouzid's rights, where are the martyrs' rights?"
Agence-France Press said the event drew a diverse group of left-leaning collectives, political opposition groups, non-governmental organizations and feminists.
Some protesters reportedly broke into local offices of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda and ransacked them, according to AFP. Critics accuse the party of curtailing basic rights, particularly freedom of expression.
Today's protest follows a series of labor strikes throughout the nation, unrest recently denounced by Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi as threatening the country's fragile unity.
"At the level of the media, the political parties and currents have begun stirring things up against each other using a language that would suggest we are at war," Ghannouchi said, according to AFP.