“Tunisia will not be built on individualism” .. the Tunisian General Labor Union mobilizes thousands and directs demands to Kais Saied

The Tunisian General Labor Union called – yesterday, Saturday – To a “national dialogue” and a road map to end the exceptional situation announced by President Kais Saied at the end of last July.

And the French news agency reported that about 6 thousand unionists and activists participated in a gathering in the Kasbah Square in the center of the capital, to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the assassination of the founder of the union, Farhat Hashad, shot by elements of the “Red Hand” organization in 1952.

The crowd chanted slogans, including “loyal to the blood of the martyrs,” “occupy the freedom of national dignity,” and “with our souls and blood we redeem you, Union,” according to AFP correspondents.

Union Secretary-General Noureddine Tabboubi said that “Tunisia will not be built on individualism,” a clear reference to President Saied, who called on him to pursue “participation”, launch a “national dialogue” and develop a “road map.”

On July 25, Tunisian President Kais Saied surprised everyone by assuming both the executive and legislative authority, after dismissing the prime minister and freezing the activity of Parliament.

Subsequently, Saeed issued a presidential order that included these “exceptional measures”, and announced that they would continue “until further notice.” He also announced that he would work on preparing projects related to “political reforms”, including amending the constitution.

Learning from mistakes

The Secretary-General called for “learning from the mistakes of the past”, in reference to the exclusivity that characterized the rule of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was overthrown by a popular revolution.

In his speech, Taboubi added that “the absence of participation and interaction with the national political and social forces will only lead to transforming the people’s word into discordant and antagonistic entities, unable to build jointly and peaceful coexistence.”

He called for an explicit national dialogue that “brings together all the forces keen on national sovereignty, believing in the independence state, and adhering to the values ​​of freedom, social progress, individual and collective freedoms, and social justice.”

He stressed that “Tunisian women and men are not asking for much, but rather they only want to clarify the general vision and direction of the country.”

He urged the Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labor Union to address files, the most important of which are “extreme unemployment, poverty in the depths of the country, stalled or diverted investment projects, and pending judicial files.”

Early elections

He also called for holding “premature, democratic and transparent elections,” warning that “despair has reached an extreme and manifestations of disobedience are beginning to threaten an explosion with unwelcome consequences.”

President Said’s measures were subjected to domestic and international criticism, especially with the absence of a clear horizon for them.

Local media said that It is possible that the president will unveil new measures on December 17, the day the Tunisian revolution erupted against the regime of late President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Said had declared this day an official holiday, and stressed that the revolution that overthrew the Ben Ali regime was not over yet.

For its part, the “Afaq Tounes” party warned – yesterday, Saturday – of what it called the consequences of the charged speech of the country’s president, Kais Saied, which is based on dividing Tunisians, and the party called on the president to set a time limit for the measures he took on July 25.

Since last July 25, Tunisia has been witnessing a political crisis, when Said took exceptional measures, including: freezing the competencies of Parliament, lifting the immunity of his deputies, abolishing the constitutionality monitoring body, issuing legislation by presidential decrees, chairing the Public Prosecution, dismissing the Prime Minister, and forming a new one appointed He is her boss.

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