В Тунисе после погромов началось мародерство

17 Января 2011, 11:00

Протесты началась из-за подорожания продуктов и безработицы, позже демонстранты потребовали отставки властей. Тунисцы, которые живут во Франции и Канаде, вышли поддержать протестующих к посольствам в своих странах. Фото AFP

Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men hold sticks as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Young Montrealer holding a Tunisian flag during a rally on a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians shout during a rally don a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians from Montreal, protest in the downtown streets of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , A Tunisian warms his hands due to the cold weather during the Tunisia Rally in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians chant in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Chairs and other objects set on fire billow smoke as Tunisian demostrators walk the streets during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator kicks away a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian demostrators hurl objects towards security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian demostrators hurl objects during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian demostrators walk near the smoke from a tear-gas bomb during clashes between demonstrators and security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men hold sticks as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men hold sticks as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Young Montrealer holding a Tunisian flag during a rally on a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians shout during a rally don a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians from Montreal, protest in the downtown streets of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , A Tunisian warms his hands due to the cold weather during the Tunisia Rally in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians chant in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Chairs and other objects set on fire billow smoke as Tunisian demostrators walk the streets during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator kicks away a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian demostrators hurl objects towards security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian demostrators hurl objects during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men hold sticks as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Young Montrealer holding a Tunisian flag during a rally on a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians shout during a rally don a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians from Montreal, protest in the downtown streets of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , A Tunisian warms his hands due to the cold weather during the Tunisia Rally in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians chant in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Chairs and other objects set on fire billow smoke as Tunisian demostrators walk the streets during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator kicks away a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men hold sticks as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Young Montrealer holding a Tunisian flag during a rally on a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians shout during a rally don a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians from Montreal, protest in the downtown streets of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , A Tunisian warms his hands due to the cold weather during the Tunisia Rally in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians chant in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men hold sticks as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Young Montrealer holding a Tunisian flag during a rally on a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians shout during a rally don a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men hold sticks as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Young Montrealer holding a Tunisian flag during a rally on a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians shout during a rally don a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians from Montreal, protest in the downtown streets of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , A Tunisian warms his hands due to the cold weather during the Tunisia Rally in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men hold sticks as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Young Montrealer holding a Tunisian flag during a rally on a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men hold sticks as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Young Montrealer holding a Tunisian flag during a rally on a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians shout during a rally don a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians from Montreal, protest in the downtown streets of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , A Tunisian warms his hands due to the cold weather during the Tunisia Rally in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians chant in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Chairs and other objects set on fire billow smoke as Tunisian demostrators walk the streets during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator kicks away a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian demostrators hurl objects towards security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men hold sticks as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Young Montrealer holding a Tunisian flag during a rally on a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians shout during a rally don a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians from Montreal, protest in the downtown streets of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , A Tunisian warms his hands due to the cold weather during the Tunisia Rally in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians chant in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Chairs and other objects set on fire billow smoke as Tunisian demostrators walk the streets during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator kicks away a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian demostrators hurl objects towards security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian demostrators hurl objects during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian demostrators walk near the smoke from a tear-gas bomb during clashes between demonstrators and security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrantor throws a rock during clashes between demonstrators and security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men hold sticks as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Young Montrealer holding a Tunisian flag during a rally on a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians shout during a rally don a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians from Montreal, protest in the downtown streets of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , A Tunisian warms his hands due to the cold weather during the Tunisia Rally in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians chant in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Chairs and other objects set on fire billow smoke as Tunisian demostrators walk the streets during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men hold sticks as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Young Montrealer holding a Tunisian flag during a rally on a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians shout during a rally don a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians from Montreal, protest in the downtown streets of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , A Tunisian warms his hands due to the cold weather during the Tunisia Rally in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians chant in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Chairs and other objects set on fire billow smoke as Tunisian demostrators walk the streets during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator kicks away a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian demostrators hurl objects towards security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian demostrators hurl objects during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian demostrators walk near the smoke from a tear-gas bomb during clashes between demonstrators and security forces (back) on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrantor throws a rock during clashes between demonstrators and security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian riot police stand on a street covered by debris of clashes between demonstrators and security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold a Tunisian national flag during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags during a demonstration on January 15, 2011 at the place de la Republique in Paris, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT , People hold Tunisian national flags during the demonstration of Tunisians and supporters in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , A man holds a placard showing a picture of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and reading "good riddance" during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, on January 15, 2011, as Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO/GERARD JULIEN , Some 500 people waving Tunisian flags stage a demonstration to show their support to the Tunisian people on January 15, 2011 in Brussels. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / BELGA - BRUNO FAHY , Groups of Tunisians and supporters hold Tunisian national flags as they demonstrate on Nice streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, the day after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE , A woman shouts as she demonstrates near a Tunisian flag in front of the Tunisian Embassy in central Rome on January 15, 2011 after ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. Western leaders called Saturday for democracy in Tunisia following the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while other Arab countries were warned their turn could be next. France, one of Ben Ali's closest allies, said the Tunisian people had "expressed their democratic will," in a statement from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO , Tunisian men hold up metal bars and sticks as they gather in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men open the road for a car as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men holding metal bars and sticks speak to a driver as they stand guard at a check point in La Gazella city near Tunis on January 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian men hold sticks as they stand guard by a barricade in La Gazella city near Tunis on Janaury 15, 2011. Tunisia teetered on the edge of chaos today as it began a delicate transition period with controls suddenly loosened following the end of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's authoritarian rule. Bands of looters defied a curfew to go on the rampage while a fire in a prison apparently linked to the violence killed at least 42 inmates, with attacks reported on other jails.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Young Montrealer holding a Tunisian flag during a rally on a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians shout during a rally don a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA , Tunisians from Montreal, protest in the downtown streets of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 15, 2011. More than a thousand people rally to the embassy of Tunisia in Montreal, through the streets in downtown Montreal in solidarity with protesters in Tunisia and to protest the violent riots in their home country. Canada expressed regret Saturday over the loss of life as a result of unrest in Tunisia but welcomed elections in the near future, its foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the statement after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in the face of mounting protests against his 23-year rule. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA
Tunisian demostrators hold up shells and empty tear-gas cannisters, reportedly used by security forces against demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator gestures and holds a rock in his other hand during clashes between security forces and demonstrators on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , Tunisian security forces face demonstrators during clashes on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demostrator prepares to throw a tear-gas cannister during clashes with security forces on January 10, 2011 in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid. Fresh clashes broke out in Tunisia today as the EU condemned a government crackdown on weekend protests over food and jobs that killed at least 14 people. AFP PHOTO/STR , A Tunisian demonstrator prepares to run during clashes with security forces in Regueb, near Sidi Bouzid on January 10, 2011. At least 35 people have been killed in rioting that erupted over the weekend in Tunisia, International Federation for Human Rights president Souhayr Belhassen told AFP. AFP PHOTO/STR , People hold a banner reading "Tunisia, stop massacre" during a demonstration against Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 11, 2011 in Paris. Anger over a government crackdown on protesters in Tunisia grew Tuesday as a union official said 50 were killed in three days of violence, more than double a toll issued by the interior ministry. AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE , Tunisian military stand guard in Tunis center on January 13, 2011. Police and anti-riot forces deployed into the city centre in strength as tensions mounted after another attempt to march earlier in the day. The violence flared in Tunisia after weeks of protests that initially focused on high unemployment, sparked by the suicide of a young graduate who set himself alight on December 17. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Tunisian soldiers clash with demonstrators during a protest on Mohamed V avenue on January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has left Tunisia, say sources close to government on January 14, 2011 after he called a state of emergency and fired his government as escalating protests over his rule forced the evacuation of thousands of European tourists.AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Demonstrators take part in a rally to pay tribute to the 'blood of the martyrs' and celebrate the departure of embattled Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali outside the International Court in The Hague on January 14, 2011. Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled the country since 1987, quit on January 14, 2010 and left the country after deadly protests, becoming the latest leader to flee under popular pressure. Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced on state television that he had taken over as interim president, after a day of violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and riot police in the streets of central Tunis. AFP PHOTO ANP ROBERT VOS netherlands out - belgium out , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , Smoke billows from a French and a Tunisian supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on todya amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , People take cloth from a looted store near a supermarket on January 15, 2011 in La Gazella city near Tunis. Tunisia's speaker of parliament took power on today amid chaotic scenes in the streets of the capital after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled from protests after 23 years of iron-fisted rule. The army locked down central Tunis to prevent further demos and AFP reporters saw soldiers and plainclothes security personnel dragging dozens of suspected looters out of their cars at gunpoint and taking them away in trucks. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID , A woman holds a banner reading "Bravo Tunisia, tomorow Ivory Coast" during a rally gathering supporters of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in front of the EU Headquarters in Brussels on January 15, 2011, a day after the EU decided to freeze the European assets of Ivory Coast's outcast leader Laurent Gbagbo, 84 associates and 11 vital industries over his refusal to cede power. The sanctions against industries in the world's top cocoa-producer target the board that manages the country's coffee and cocoa business (CGFCC), the national oil company Petroci and the port of Abidjan. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters hold a Tunisian national flag during a demonstration on Marseille streets on January 15, 2011 southern France, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO GERARD JULIEN , Tunisians and supporters demonstrate on Paris streets on January 15, 2011, after ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country with his family the day before. As Tunisia's former colonial power, France has a large population of Tunisian origin and Tunisian immigrants. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT

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