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Brian Ulrich's asks:

[H]ow much of the looting is directed against regime-related businesses? Is there some broader social tension involved, as often happens in revolutionary situations? Is there truth to the perception that the army is closer to the general public than the police? It was an army general whom rumor said had been dismissed by Ben Ali a few days ago, and right before Ben Ali left the police replaced the army trying to control the capital. Now scattered reports suggest people see the army as restoring order, but feel the police. Finally, what is happening outside of Tunis?

(Photo: A man struggles to breathe as a teargas canister fired by police lies in the road during demonstrations in Tunis on January 17, 2011. By Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

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