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Tunisia celebrates third anniversary of revolution

TUNIS, Tunisia, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Tunisians Tuesday marked the third anniversary of the revolution that drove former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali out of office.

Groups representing all political stripes gathered on Bourguiba Avenue in downtown Tunis, the spot where Tunisians gathered in January 2011 to demand that Ben Ali leave office, Tunisia Live reported

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Fathi Saad, a teacher and union member, told Tunisia Live he attended the protest three years ago "in support of unionists who stand behind the real revolution," and that since then the situation has been "normal."

Saad, however, said he disapproved of the Ennahdha Party-led government.

"The government was all negativities, and there was not a single positive point about it," he said.

Supporters of the Islamist Ennahdha Party celebrated the anniversary amid a heavy security presence.

"Today we celebrate the third anniversary of the revolution while Tunisia continues to build its democracy and steadily strengthens its achievements with determination to overcome the political crisis which has threatened the security and economic climates in the country, and necessitated the strengthening of electoral legitimacy with national consensus built through comprehensive national dialogue," the Ennahdha Party said on its Facebook page.

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Members of the leftist Popular Front coalition marched in downtown Tunis, some carrying images of Mohamed Brahmi, the Popular Front politician assassinated in July, Tunis Live said.

The Leagues for the Protection of the Revolution, accused of using violence to advance its goals, also celebrated the anniversary, Tunis Live said. The group's goals include holding members of the former regime accountable for crimes committed before 2011.

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