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Tunisian police fire water cannon, tear gas on anti-Saied protesters

The protesters gathered in downtown Tunis on what marked the 11th anniversary of the uprising that toppled Tunisia's former dictator.
A Tunisian demonstrator waves the national flag at protests against President Kais Saied on the 11th anniversary of the Tunisian revolution in the capital, Tunis, on Jan. 14, 2022.

Hundreds of anti-government protesters in Tunisia who took to the streets on Friday demanding the removal of President Kais Saied were met with water cannons and tear gas from police on Friday.

Demonstrators in downtown Tunis were trying to reach Habib Bourguiba Avenue, the site of the 2011 Arab Spring revolution, but were prevented by police who surrounded the area ahead of the planned protest. Jan. 14 marked the 11th anniversary of the uprising that toppled former Tunisian dictator President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and introduced democracy to the North African country. 

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