Tunisian police used tear fuel and water cannons on Friday towards a whole bunch of demonstrators who defied a ban on gatherings to protest towards President Kais Saied’s July energy seize.
Because the nation marks 11 years because the fall of late dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, a whole bunch of Saied’s opponents staged rallies towards his July 2021 energy seize.
That they had gathered regardless of restrictions imposed on Thursday, ostensibly to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic.
Round 300 protesters gathered on Mohamed V Avenue, the place some broke by means of a police cordon earlier than being compelled again by police with batons.
AFP reporters noticed a number of being arrested.
Safety forces had deployed closely to dam them from reaching the central Habib Bourguiba Avenue and the Inside Ministry headquarters, the place huge protests in early 2011 had compelled Ben Ali to flee to Saudi Arabia.
A number of the protesters on Friday chanted “down with the coup!”, a reference to Saied’s July 25 strikes by which he sacked the federal government, froze parliament and seized an assortment of powers.
He has since nearly dominated by decree, to the outrage of his opponents, together with the highly effective Islamist-inspired Ennahdha social gathering.
Some Tunisians, uninterested in the inept and graft-ridden parliamentary system, welcomed his strikes.
However for Ennahdha supporters, they’re paying homage to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s crackdown on the Islamist opposition, which left a whole bunch lifeless in 2013 and 1000’s imprisoned since.
“You’re working for Sisi and the United Arab Emirates!” one girl instructed a policeman.
The protests befell regardless of a string of measures together with a nighttime curfew and a ban on public gatherings, introduced in on Thursday night purportedly to sort out a steep rise in coronavirus infections.
Ennahdha has stated the measures are politically motivated.