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    Angered crowds in the central Tunisian town Sidi Bouzid hurled stones at President Moncef Marzouki and the parliamentary speaker, Al Jazeera reported.

    MOSCOW, December 18 (RIA Novosti) - Angry crowds in the central Tunisian town Sidi Bouzid hurled stones at President Moncef Marzouki and the parliament speaker, Al Jazeera reported.

    The president and parliament speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar arrived in Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the revolution that erupted in Tunisia two years ago, to address people on the anniversary of the uprising.

    The violence started as President Marzouki finished his speech and Jaafar was preparing for his address. A crowd of some 5,000 people who had gathered for the arrival of the president began throwing stones at them chanting “Get Out! Get Out!”

    “I understand this legitimate anger. But the government has diagnosed the problem. In six months, a stable government will be in place and will provide the remedy to heal the country's problems," Marzouki told the crowd.

    As two years passed after the revolution and the ouster of former President Zine El Abedine Ben Ali, Tunisians are unhappy that living conditions have not been improved since then.

    Protests swept Tunisia in mid-December of 2010, forcing Ben Ali, who had ruled the country for 23 years, to flee to Saudi Arabia. Tunisians took to the streets again in late February, forcing Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi to resign. The Tunisia uprising set off protests around the Arab world.

     

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