Lots of of Tunisian police surrounded a central space of the capital on Friday forward of a deliberate protest towards the president known as in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions.
Opposition events together with the Islamist Ennahda are protesting towards President Kais Saied’s suspension of parliament, assumption of government energy and strikes to rewrite the structure, which they name a coup.
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Hours earlier than the protest was as a result of start, police had erected barricades and crammed the world across the central Habib Bourguiba Avenue, lengthy the main target for demonstrations together with throughout the 2011 revolution that launched democracy.
Dozens of police automobiles stood within the space and two water cannon have been positioned exterior the Inside Ministry constructing, which is positioned on the identical road.
Friday’s protest goes towards a ban on all indoor or out of doors gatherings the federal government introduced on Tuesday to cease a COVID-19 wave.
Ennahda and different events participating within the protest accused the federal government of introducing the ban and resuming its night time curfew for political reasonably than well being causes as a method of stopping protests.
Cops search the belongings of Tunisians within the capital Tunis, on January 14, 2022. (AFP)
Although Saied’s intervention in July gave the impression to be very fashionable at first after years of financial stagnation and political paralysis, analysts say he seems to have since misplaced some assist.
Tunisia’s economic system stays mired by the pandemic, there was little progress in gaining worldwide assist for the delicate public funds and the federal government Saied appointed in September has introduced an unpopular finances for 2022.
Friday falls on what Tunisians had beforehand marked because the anniversary of the revolution, the day the autocratic former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the nation.
Nevertheless, Saied decreed final yr that as an alternative of falling on the anniversary of Ben Ali’s departure into exile, it could be marked on the December anniversary of the self-immolation of a road vendor whose suicide triggered the rebellion.
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