Unrest In Tunisia Continues There is a daily struggle over flags outside the Libyan embassy in Tunisian capital these days — a sign of the instability across the border. That unrest is wreaking havoc on Tunisia's interim government as it tries to manage thousands of refugees. Meanwhile, the people of Tunisia are still not satisfied that their own revolution was a success. Several thousand protesters remain in the streets of the capital demanding a free election.
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There is a daily struggle over flags outside the Libyan embassy in Tunisian capital these days — a sign of the instability across the border. That unrest is wreaking havoc on Tunisia's interim government as it tries to manage thousands of refugees. Meanwhile, the people of Tunisia are still not satisfied that their own revolution was a success. Several thousand protesters remain in the streets of the capital demanding a free election.

MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

Meanwhile, demonstrators remain on the streets, as NPR's David Greene reports from Tunis.

DAVID GREENE: Unidentified Group: (Singing in foreign language)

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HARABE KALIFA: Unidentified Group: (Singing in foreign language)

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GREENE: Many people in the world thought that the revolution here was over. It's done.

KALIFA: No. That was not true.

GREENE: This is Harabe Kalifa, a 31-year-old schoolteacher who remains camped out here. It's been six weeks since President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced out. His longtime prime minister stepped down Sunday. Yet like many on the street, Kalifa says too much of the old guard remains in the caretaker government. He's not leaving the square until they leave power.

KALIFA: Because they have the same way, the same tactics. It's to repress, to muzzle people. And people now, this is the time to get what we dreamt of so long ago.

GREENE: She fears the interim government isn't committed to a new constitution and may just rush to hold a presidential vote.

SEHEM BENZADRIN: We will lose our revolution because it's a way to reproduce the old regime.

GREENE: The interim government lost more credibility today when two opposition figures quit as cabinet ministers. They've been welcomed into the interim government as a show of political openness. Yet, there are ways the new government is signaling change. Today, it extended legal status to an Islamist political party that have been banned for some two decades. And Sehem Benzadrin's human rights group, the Tunisian Council for Liberties, said it, too, received government recognition.

BENZADRIN: For the first time, we are legal. We worked illegally during 12 year.

GREENE: Unidentified Woman: (Foreign language spoken)

GREENE: Why do you want to go back to Benghazi? Is your family still there?

ISHMAEL ZAWI: David Greene, NPR News, Tunis.

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