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Tunisia: Harak al-Irada party denounces arrest of deputy and journalist

AA / Tunis

The Tunisian Harak al-Irada party denounced on Sunday the arrest by the security services of parliamentarian Abdellatif Aloui and journalist Ameur Ayad, “against a background of free expression of their opinions”, considering their arrest as a “serious violation of the law”.

This is what emerged from the party’s press release (founded by former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, without parliamentary representation), which the Anadolu Agency was able to consult.

Earlier in the day on Sunday, in a post posted on Facebook, Aloui, deputy of the “Coalition Al-karama” (18 deputies out of 217), declared “a unit of El Gorjani (a security center) made a descent to my house to stop “.

“The movement condemns the arrest of the journalist, Ameur Ayed, and of the deputy Abdellatif Aloui, today (Sunday), by the security authorities, following the exercise of their freedom to express their opinions during a program televised last Friday on the private channel Zitouna TV “, we read in the press release which qualifies the arrest as” a serious violation of the law “.

Harak al-Irada also condemned what he considered to be “the arbitrary and oppressive practices of the freedoms that Tunisians have acquired with a hard struggle, after having paid a heavy price with the blood of their martyrs, for a free and dignified life”, accusing President Kais Saied of being “responsible for all the abuses”, the same statement said.

The same source called on the Tunisians “to be vigilant to defend their freedoms and peacefully defend the gains of their revolution”.

Kaïs Saïed announced, on July 25, “exceptional measures”, including the dismissal of the Head of Government, Hichem Mechichi, the suspension of the prerogatives of Parliament, the lifting of parliamentary immunity of all deputies and the abolition of the Body for the Control of the Constitutionality of Laws. The Head of State has seized the executive power and has since legislated by decree.

While the majority of Tunisian political forces opposed Saïed’s measures, considering them a “coup against the Constitution”, other parties are in favor, calling them “necessary to defuse the triangle of destruction, at the origin of the torpedoing of the revolution, consisting of corruption, terrorism and smuggling “.

Saïed had repeatedly sent reassuring messages inside and outside the country, in which he affirmed that he “does not plan to establish a dictatorial regime in Tunisia” or “to undermine the rights and freedoms “, but that it aims to” reform the situation after having noted the existence of an imminent danger which threatens the Tunisian state “.

* Translated from Arabic by Hend Abdessamad

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