Tunisian opposition parties, including the Ennahda movement, pledged to go ahead with the demonstrations on Friday, defying the government’s decision to ban gatherings, claiming to combat the spread of the Corona virus.
The opposition continues to reject President Kais Saied’s decisions, while the president continues to implement what he called the road map.
Ennahda leader Muhammad al-Qumani revealed that the movement will go ahead with a protest that was scheduled for next Friday, against Qais Said’s measures.
“In principle, Ennahda will go ahead with Friday’s protest, the decision to ban is political and aims to besiege the protest,” Al-Qumani said.
“Protesters were allowed to go out on July 25, at the height of the spread of Corona, and today protests are prohibited,” he added.
Al-Qomani’s statement represents a challenge to the measures announced by the Tunisian government on Wednesday, to prevent gatherings and impose a night curfew for a period of two weeks, renewable, to address the spread of the Corona virus, the government said.
The new procedures also provide for postponing or canceling demonstrations, whether in open or closed places, and encouraging the mechanism of remote work.
The new procedures also include tightening the application of health protocols, including monitoring the permissibility of vaccination, strengthening health monitoring procedures at border crossings, and continuing vaccination with enhanced doses.
For its part, the Workers’ Party accused President Said of overthrowing the revolution and seeking to rule alone.
For his part, the Secretary-General of the Tunisian Workers’ Party, Hamma Hammami, said during a press conference that President Kais Saied took advantage of the deteriorating situation to implement a coup that paved the way for him and planned in advance.
Hammami indicated that Saeed had acquired the executive and legislative powers, and that he was seeking to control the judiciary, pointing out that the prime minister is nothing but an employee of the president, and does not have any powers, as he put it.
And the leaders of two political parties joined the voices calling for Friday’s protests, and the government re-imposed health restrictions for political reasons.
Ghazi Chaouachi, Secretary-General of the Democratic Current Party – which occupies 22 seats in parliament – said, “We will be on Al-Thawra Street (Habib Bourguiba Street) to protest at all costs, and the ban is a political decision.”
For his part, Issam Chebbi, Secretary-General of the Republican Party, said that this measure aims “to prevent gatherings and demonstrations and to keep schools open in the face of hundreds of thousands of students, just to prevent a wave of popular anger that it did not find to confront except by citing health conditions.”
The United Nations demanded the release of former Minister Noureddine El Beheiry and former Interior Ministry employee Fathi El Baladi.
And entered the international and local organizations concerned with human rights and freedom of the press on the line, and the High Commission for Human Rights of the United Nations, expressed concern about the developments in the country during the last month.
The spokeswoman for the Commission said that the developments during the last month in Tunisia have deepened the Commission’s concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in the country.
And the Tunisian authorities demanded either the release of Noureddine El Beheiry and Fathi El Baladi, or that judicial charges be brought against them and that they be brought to trial, in a manner that guarantees their rights.
The Commission also stressed that the arrest of Al-Buhairi and Al-Baldi reminds of practices that have not occurred since the days of the Ben Ali regime, such as forced kidnappings and random trials.
The Commission also expressed concern over what it called the deterioration in Tunisia, the dishonest use of anti-terror laws, and the increase in the number of civilians being tried before military courts.
In the case of the arrest of the former Minister of Justice, Noureddine El-Beheiry, Hamma Hammami said that he supports the Ennahda movement, but is against kidnapping and enforced disappearance.
Hammami added that President Kais Saied will be tried because he is in the process of destroying the state, and that his fate will be similar to that of Ben Ali and his regime, as he put it.
For his part, spokesman for the Tunisian General Labor Union, Sami Tahiri, said that the social situation is getting tense, suggesting that the rate of strikes in various sectors will reach eighty percent.
Al-Tahri told Shams FM radio that the government memorandum that prevents ministers and directors of public sector institutions from concluding agreements with unions without official approval from the government presidency will disrupt social dialogue, create a crisis and impede union work, as he described it.
For its part, the Presidency of the Government considered that the memorandum aims to coordinate between ministries and public sector institutions and between the Presidency of the Government, and that it does not aim to strike the right of union work.
The Presidency of the Government affirmed, in a statement, its commitment to the principle of participatory work and its adherence to social dialogue, adding that the memorandum aims to avoid financially effective agreements that are not applicable that are signed without prior coordination, especially in light of the country’s financial situation, as described in the statement.