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Uroen nådd sentrum av Tunis onsdag ettermiddag. Portforbudet ble ikke respektert, og i dag er sentrum av hovedstaden sperret av. Det virker ikke lenger som om regimet kontrollerer situasjonen.

Sjefen for hæren er avsatt. Han nektet å gi ordre om å slå ned opprøret. Det tyder på alvorlig tillitssvikt.

And the AFP news agency quoted opposition officials as saying the Army chief of staff, Gen Rachid Ammar, had been replaced for refusing to order soldiers to put down the protesters.

There are also unconfirmed reports that the president’s son-in-law, the billionaire businessman and MP Mohamed Sakher El Materi, has fled the country and taken refuge in the Canadian city of Montreal, where he owns a mansion.

Protesters have directed much of their anger at the great wealth and lavish lifestyle of the president’s extended family.

Protestene dreier seg nå om noe mer enn små innrømmelser. Det dreier seg om selve regimet.

Reuters reported up to 10,000 people were on the streets in Sidi Bouzid.

«It is not just about unemployment any more,» one protester said. «It’s about freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, all the freedoms.»

Europeiske land kommer nå i den situasjon at de protesterer på vegne av tunisiere som er borgere av Frankrike og er blitt drept på besøk i gamlelandet.

French diplomats have also reportedly informed the family of a French-Tunisian academic, Hatem Bettahar, that he was one of two protesters killed by the police on Wednesday in the central town of Douz.

Mr Bettahar, a computer science lecturer in France, had been visiting his mother. A Tunisian teacher has said he has posted on the internet a video showing Mr Bettahar lying in a pool of blood after being shot.

EU ber om proporsjonal voldsbruk. Men europeiske land frykter også en revolusjon. Hva skjer hvis regimet faller?

Tunisia protests: Live bullets fired in central Tunis

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