WorldTunisia: Thousands of people demonstrate against Kaïs Saïed's "exceptional" measures

Tunisia: Thousands of people demonstrate against Kaïs Saïed’s “exceptional” measures


AA / Tunis

A protest march against the “exceptional” measures of President Kaïs Saïed was organized this Sunday morning in the Tunisian capital, Tunis.

According to Anadolu Agency correspondents, thousands of demonstrators took part in this action entitled “Democratic determination”. They had headed from rue Keireddine Pasha towards Avenue Habib Bourguiba. An important security device was deployed on this occasion.

The demonstrators held up banners carrying slogans such as “Constitution, freedom, national dignity” and “Get out of Said”. They also called for the release of activists and journalists detained after the announcement of the exceptional measures taken by the Head of State.

The demonstration was also marked by clashes between protesters and the police, following a limited stampede aimed at breaking down the metal barriers blocking the main entrances to Avenue Habib Bourguiba.

Addressing the demonstrators, the spokesperson for the “Citizens against the coup” movement, Jawhar Ben Mbarek said that the protest mobilization will not be a “farewell circumambulation” before getting rid of the “coup d’etat”. State, “indicating that hundreds of protesters were prevented from joining the protest.

“Your voices are raised for freedom, dignity, and pride. As for President Kaïs Saïed, I tell him that we will resist him by all peaceful means, and we will be faithful to the blood of martyrs. All that we dream of. , it is to convince the rest of our people to join us to become hundreds of thousands. We can become 12 million voices “, he launched.

Note that the protest action is expected to extend to other Tunisian governorates.

Tunisia has been in the throes of a serious political crisis since the Head of State decided on July 25 to dismiss Head of Government Hichem Méchichi, to freeze the powers of Parliament for a period of 30 days, and to lift the government. immunity of deputies in the context of exceptional measures. Kaïs Saïed had also announced that he was assuming the executive power with the help of a government of which he will designate the head and proceeded in the following days to a series of dismissals of ministers and senior officials in the apparatus of the state.

The Tunisian President had decided to abolish the provisional body for the control of the constitutionality of bills, to legislate by presidential decrees and to exercise executive power with the help of a government, while observers and political parties believe that the new presidential provisions constitute “a coup against the Constitution”.

The majority of parties rejected Saïed’s decisions, extended on August 24. Some parties have qualified these decisions as a “coup d’état against the Constitution”, while other political parties consider them a “restoration of the process”, against the backdrop of political, economic and health crises (Covid-19).

* Translated from Arabic by Wejden Jlassi

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