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Tunisians oppose bans protesting the president

Tunisian police yesterday used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of demonstrators protesting President Kais Saied’s acquisition of power in July, after rallying in opposition to a rally ban. I arrested ten people.
Eleven years after the late dictator Zain El Abidin Ben Ali went into exile, police deployed a large scale in central Tunis to counter a rally calling for the end of Sayed’s “coup d’etat.” Protesters have gathered despite the rally restrictions imposed on Thursday due to the surge in coronavirus cases in North African countries, but Saeed’s opponents say they have political motives.
AFP reporters saw more than 1,000 protesters gathered on Mohammed V Avenue, but on the iconic Hubby Bulgiva Avenue, the epicenter of the massive protest that defeated Ben Ali in 2011. Could not be reached.
Some demonstrators broke through the police batons before the batons charged and tear gas and water cannons pushed them back. AFP reporters have seen dozens of arrests. “This is the most violent intervention by security forces in the past year, both in terms of the method used and the number of arrests,” said Feti Jarray, president of the independent torture prevention organization INPT. ..
Some protesters were chanting, “Down in a coup!” This is a reference to the move on July 25, when Sayed dismissed the government, frozen parliament, and seized various powers.
Since then, he has virtually dominated the wrath of his enemies, including the powerful Ennahda Party, inspired by Islam. Some Tunisians were fed up with the incompetent and transplant-stricken parliamentary system and welcomed his move.
But for his critics, both in Nahda and on the left, they foresaw the possibility of returning to the same kind of dictatorial practices that were common under Ben Ali.
Sihem Bensedrin, a prominent rights activist who headed the now abolished Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD), has deprived Tunisians of their right to protest and threatened the country’s “hard-earned freedom”. Blame. “We are here to protect the republic’s institutions,” she said.
“These people who overthrew the dictatorship of 23 years are not going to be replaced by another dictator.”
One of Sayed’s moves was to change the official anniversary of the revolution from Ben Ali’s flight day to December 17, 2010, when vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazizi triggered the first major protest.
This move was seen as symbolizing Saeed’s view that the revolution was stolen. Demonstrator Olfa Laabidi said January 14th will remain a symbol.
“There are still martyrs, blood spills, and people injured in the revolution,” she said.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/707976/Tunisians-defy-ban-to-protest-against-president Tunisians oppose bans protesting the president

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