demonstration against a series of arrests of opponents
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In Tunisia, several hundred demonstrators gathered on Sunday at the call of an opposition coalition to President Kaïs Saïed, to demand the release of around twenty opponents: former ministers, businessmen or media. , arrested since early February for “conspiracy against state security”. Amnesty International found these accusations unfounded.
In Tunisia, several hundred people gathered Sunday, April 9, in the center of the capital to the call of the National Salvation Front (FSN), the main opposition coalition to the President Kais Saiedto demand the release of around twenty opponents arrested since the beginning of February.
Carrying Tunisian flags or placards bearing the image of those imprisoned, around 300 opposition party activists chanted slogans calling for their release in front of the Municipal Theater of Tunis, according to AFP journalists.
During the demonstration, Samir Ben Amor, a Republican Party official, called for a “national dialogue in order to draw up a roadmap to save the Tunisia and return to the democratic path”.
Wave of arrests
Since the beginning of February, the authorities have imprisoned more than 20 opponents and personalities including ex-ministers, businessmen and the owner of the most listened to radio station in the country, Radio Mosaïque.
These arrests, denounced by local and international NGOs, targeted leading political figures of the National Salvation Front and its main component, the Islamist-inspired party Ennahdha.
President Kais Saied who assumed full powers in July 2021, called those arrested “terrorists”, saying they were involved in a “conspiracy against state security”.
Denouncing “a witch hunt”, Amnesty International called on the Tunisian government to “drop the criminal investigation targeting at least 17 people (…) on the basis of unfounded accusations of conspiracy”.
Belgacem Hassen, of the FSN, demanded on Sunday that the “prosecution or justice take over (from the police, editor’s note) and present the charges against the detainees to the Tunisian people”.
Kaïs Saïed’s “no” to the IMF
The demonstrators also spoke of the rejection a few days ago by the president Kais Saied “IMF dictates” with which the Tunisia est in talks for months for rescue plan of 1.9 billion dollars (1.75 billion euros).
“The government has been negotiating for a year and a half with the International Monetary Fund and on a single word from the president, all negotiation was cut off, condemning the Tunisia to a worsening of the crisis”, lamented Samir Ben Amor.
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