Tunisia's powerful labor union did call off the general strike planned for Stax, Tunisia's second largest city, on Friday in a move to ease tensions, but it will not join the new government. However, teachers and doctors have already gone out on strike in the town that started it all, Sidi Bouzid.
France24 reported on Tunisia:
Some Tunisians demanded steady rather than abrupt change.
RCD members need to get out little by little, but now this is a dictatorship of the people where there is anarchy. We must little by little trust each other, we must listen to each other, said a doctor who gave his name as Labib.
Hundreds rallied in the capital Tunis on Tuesday in support of the interim government formed after Ben Alis fall, later clashing with protesters who complain that it is dominated by former members of his RCD party.
In the deprived central city of Gefsa, Tunisian soldiers fired in the air to disperse hundreds of demonstrators, the first time the army has intervened since Ben Alis departure on Jan. 14, and witnesses said a young man set himself alight.