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Tunisia calls out Army to halt bread-price riots

Security forces fired in the air to disperse groups of stone-throwing demonstrators in central Tunis Thursday, witnesses said, as riots flared anew over the doubling of the price of bread. The government has vowed not to roll back the increases.

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More than 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured in the riots, according to government officials. Security forces, operating under a state of emergency and a dusk-to-dawn curfew, have been authorized to shoot anyone who disobeys orders or attempts to escape when challenged.

Tunisian and diplomatic analysts suggested that extremists - including Islamic fundamentalists, Marxists, and supporters of Libya's Muammar Qaddafi - might have had a hand in the riots.