Three killed, 29 injured as Tunisian protesters clash with police, scale US embassy walls (PHOTO, VIDEO)Submitted by emalvini on Fri, 09/14/2012 - 13:34
Three killed, 29 injured as Tunisian protesters clash with police, scale US embassy walls (PHOTO, VIDEO)
Published: 14 September, 2012, 19:09
At least three people have been killed and 29 wounded near the US embassy in Tunis as protesters attacked the compound, climbing the gates of the diplomatic complex and tearing down the US flag.
The clashes took place after protesters left Friday evening prayers and marched to the embassy. Demonstrators had been protesting peacefully for hours when about 300 started to break through the gates. Witnesses reported that the embassy’s US flag had been replaced with a black flag. Protesters set fire to trees and smashed windows.
A large fire and thick plume of black smoke was seen inside the compound. Police fired tear gas canisters into the crowd and protesters lobbed rocks at the security forces. Later police opened fire to suppress an assault on the embassy, but it remains unclear if rounds or rubber bullets were used.