Ban urges restraint and dialogue amid escalating violence in Tunisia

10 January 2011

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged restraint after violent clashes between Tunisian security forces and protesters resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.

According to media reports, the Tunisian Government today ordered all schools and universities to be indefinitely closed following continuing violent protests linked to frustrations with poor job prospects and the country’s leaders. At least 14 people have reportedly died in the violence.

“The Secretary-General calls for restraint and urges all parties to seek to resolve differences through dialogue,” stated a note issued by his spokesperson.

“He underscores the importance of full respect for freedom of expression.”

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