State of emergency declared in Tunisia
Saturday, January 15, 2011
|The police and the army are authorised to fire on any suspect person who has not obeyed orders or fled without the possibility of being stopped.
After weeks of chaos, Prime Minister of Tunisia has stated that he is taking power of the country. has caused the country to shut down its airspace, lead the to advise against visiting the country, and forced a to be declared.
"I can confirm that the army is at the airport. Armoured vehicles are surrounding the airport," an official source stated. Rumors of attempts to flee by the President’s staff have been reported as well. President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has authorized the transition according to television reports.
, the opposition leader from the , has been released after being held by authorities for three days. Yesterday, the Tunisian government declared a countrywide state of emergency after protests throughout the country. All public gatherings have been forbidden and "the police and the army are authorised to fire on any suspect person who has not obeyed orders or fled without the possibility of being stopped", according to a statement released by the government.
Additionally, a 12-hourwas imposed at 6:00 pm local time (1700 ) Friday in response to thousands marching in the capital city before authorities fired into the crowd.
- Ian Black. "Tunisia unrest a wake-up call for the region" — , January 14, 2011
- The Telegraph staff. "Tunisian president forced from power as state of emergency declared" — , January 14, 2011
- Reuters. "U.S. urges citizens to put off travel to Tunisia" — , January 13, 2011