Tunisia's government regretted on Saturday the death of a man killed by security forces during protests but insisted the government had to prevent violent demonstrations. "We regret this incident," Justice and Human Rights Minister Bechir Tekkari said at a news conference, a day after violent protests left one dead and several injured. He stressed that security forces were determined to prevent any threats to public order and defended tough police action. "We won't tolerate any use of violence," he said, referring to protests in the region against unemployment. Friday's clash took place in Redeyef, in a mining region some 350 kilometers from Tunis. The minister rejected claims that police fired without warning, saying that security forces acted lawfully. - AFP


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