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Tunisian govt says some limits on freedoms needed to ensure security

Tunisia's government is urging its citizens to sacrifice some of their freedoms to better protect the country from attacks like the mass shooting at a beach resort last month that killed 38 people, mostly tourists.

Government minister Kamel Jendoubi on Tuesday defended the president's decision to impose a state of emergency Saturday in response to the June 26 attack, fearing new extremist violence. As Tunisia's Parliament resumes debate on an anti-terrorism law, Jendoubi told reporters "we must accept ... that some limits must exist to face these threats."

Rights groups have said some measures in the new law — such as long detention periods and a broad definition of terrorism — could threaten the freedoms gained in Tunisia's Arab Spring uprising and its ensuing transition to democracy.