TUNIS (AFP) - Tunisian journalists were left wondering Saturday if the bad old days had returned after brutal police attacks as they tried to cover demonstrations against the new government. A total of 15 reporters and photographers working for both the local and foreign media, male and female alike, were subject to beatings and insults and had their equipment seized on Thursday and Friday in the capital. Marwa Rkik, 25, said she was giving a live report on the local Radio Kalima when she saw two plain-clothes policemen running at her, followed by another 10 in uniform. "They beat me all over with clubs and with their helmets, and I needed five stitches to head wounds," she added, saying she was going to lodge a complaint for assault. Rkik said she thought the police wanted their own back on the press for exposing their activities under the regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali following the former president's ousting in January. Friday's attacks came as riot police used tear gas and truncheons to break up a protest in central Tunis by about 200 people, mainly youths, as they denounced the transitional government and called for "a new revolution". Dog handlers and even a light armoured car took part in the operation on the central Habib Bourguiba Avenue. As demonstrators and bystanders alike fled the police charge, officers surrounded individuals, some of them on the ground, kicking and beating them with truncheons and sticks. Tunisia's interior ministry issued a statement Friday apologising to "journalists and citizens involuntarily assaulted" and said it was opening an inquiry into who had been responsible. Meanwhile, a court in Tunisia on Saturday sentenced Imed Trabelsi, nephew of the powerful wife of ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, to two years in prison for drug use, a judicial source said. The ruling marked the first time a member of Ben Ali's close family has been sentenced to jail time since he was ousted in a popular uprising in January. "Imed Trabelsi was sentenced to two years in prison without the eligibility of parole and to pay a fine of 2,000 dinars ($1,450/1,015 euros)," the source told AFP. Trabelsi was sentenced during a 30-minute court session in Tunis, the source said. Trabelsi was arrested on January 14, on the day Ben Ali and his wife Leila Trabelsi fled to Saudi Arabia. He was held with other members of his family at a military base at Aouina near Tunis.