January 19 - 25 2011 No. 1017
THE WEEKLY WORLD EDITION OF The Daily Telegraph AND The Sunday Telegraph telegraph.co.uk/expat
IT’S SOOVER Avram Grant waits for West Ham axe
:: SPORT PAGE 48
Majestic performance Colin Firth wins Golden Globe
BP deal Energy giant to explore Arctic with Russia :: NEWS P2
By Colin Freeman and Robert Mendick ARMED gangs loyal to Tunisia’s ousted president began random shooting sprees on the streets this week, raising fears that the country’s pro-democracy uprising could erupt into a violent power struggle.
As thousands of British holidaymakers fled the north African nation, its cities echoed with the sound of gunfire and looters continued to rampage through the streets, despite a heavy security presence.
In the capital, Tunis, gunmen in plain clothes drove around spraying bullets, in an apparent effort to intimidate protesters off the streets. Senior Tunisian military sources said the gunmen belonged to factions still loyal to the country’s leader, President Zine alAbidine Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia last Friday night.
“It is certain the presidential police are behind all this,” said Taoufik Ayachi, a Tunisian analyst. “They still hope to regain power.”
“We are very happy to be free after 23 years of prison,” said Fahmi Bouraoui, who was drinking coffee in the Mozart cafe, one of a few businesses that re-opened last Saturday morning.
But others feared that such optimism could be short-lived as large parts of the country descended into chaos.
A British expatriate living in a Tunisian seaside resort told last week how her brother-inlaw had become a martyr for the country’s revolution after he was shot and killed by police during an antigovernment demonstration.
Posters of Mr Ben Ali have been torn down and replaced in the tourist town of Hammamet with images of Zouheir Souissi, a hotel receptionist. Mr Souissi was killed last Wednesday after police began firing on demonstrators.
Hammamet is one of a series of Tunisian resorts that are now almost empty of tourists. The major tour operators Thomas Cook, Thomson and First Choice were aiming to have completed their evacuation by last Saturday night.
About 1,000 British expatriates remain in Tunisia, and have spent the past week in fear for their lives.
Jackie Souissi, 54, who has lived in Hammamet since 1993, said: “My brother-in-law was in a taxi when it got
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Colin Firth won Best Actor at the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles on Sunday for his role as George VI in ‘The King’s Speech’. The victory leaves Firth, 50, who has starred in Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones’s Diary, in pole position for next month’s Oscars Features, pages 24-25
Wave of misery Mudslides hit Brazil as flood clean-up begins in Australia :: WORLD P15-17
Carried away Zeppelin revival is not just a flight of fancy :: FEATURES P26
‘Our candidate shook hands with lots of voters and didn’t catch flu – which is an excellent result’ Labour celebrates after victory in Oldham by-election Report, page 5