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Mass protest in Tunisia against president as crisis drags on

Tunisia, long seen as the sole democratic success story of the 2010-2011 Arab uprisings, has since been in turmoil

19 March 2022, Tunisia, Tunis: Tunisians take part in a rally along the Beb Saadoun Street heading to the Bardo square on the 66th Independence Day of Tunisia and against President Kais Saied, accused by opponents of grabbing power amid a deepening political crisis. Photo: Hasan Mrad/IMAGESLIVE via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
Tunisians take part in a rally along the Beb Saadoun Street heading to the Bardo square against President Kais Saied. Photo: Hasan Mrad/dpa.

Thousands of Tunisians on took to the streets of the capital, Tunis, on Sunday, the latest in a series of rallies against President Kais Saied, accused by opponents of grabbing power amid a deepening political crisis.

In July, Saied suspended parliament and sacked the prime minister, before further expanding his legislative and executive powers and suspending some parts of the constitution.

The opposition decried the measures, calling them a “coup” and has since staged a string of street protests.

Tunisia, long seen as the sole democratic success story of the 2010-2011 Arab uprisings, has since been in turmoil. 

On Sunday, several thousand people, including supporters of the Islamist Ennahda movement, marched near the parliament in central Tunis, witnesses said.

Security forces sealed off nearby Bardo Square and entrances leading to it to prevent protesters from gathering there, they added.

'Depose the president'

Protesters chanted against Saied’s measures and accused him of monopolizing power.

Some marchers chanted: “The people want to bring down the coup”; and “The people want to depose the president”.

Sunday’s rally came on the 66th anniversary of Tunisia’s Independence Day.

Saied, a former law professor who took office in 2019, defended his moves, saying they were in line with the constitution, and promised to safeguard freedoms and rights.

Mass protest in Tunisia against president as crisis drags on
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