THOUSANDS HOLD PROTESTS AGAINST TUNISIA’S PRESIDENT

May 16, 2022

THOUSANDS OF TUNISIANS TOOK TO THE STREETS IN THE CAPITAL, TUNIS, YESTERDAY, TO PROTEST AGAINST PRESIDENT KAIS SAIED'S POLITICAL MEASURES AND RISING FOOD PRICES.

A COORDINATOR FROM THE CITIZENS AGAINST THE COUP COALITION – ONE OF THE PROTEST ORGANISERS – TOLD THE STATE BROADCASTER THAT THEY REJECTED THE COUNTRY'S NEW CONSTITUTION THAT WAS DRAWN UP UNILATERALLY BY MR SAIED.

ISLAMIST ENNAHDA MOVEMENT OFFICIAL, ALI AL-ARID, TOLD THE CHANNEL THAT PROTESTS WOULD CONTINUE IN THE FORM OF SIT-INS, MARCHES AND HUNGER STRIKES.

MR SAIED HAS PUSHED THROUGH A SERIES OF MOVES EXPANDING HIS POWERS AND DISMANTLING ELECTED INSTITUTIONS SINCE LAST YEAR, WHEN HE SUSPENDED PARLIAMENT.

EARLIER THIS MONTH, HE ANNOUNCED A PLAN FOR A NEW REPUBLIC IN TUNISIA WHICH WOULD BE PUT TO REFERENDUM ON THE 25TH OF JULY.