Extension of the state of emergency in Tunisia .. Calls for an investigation into the “repression” of the protests and Ennahda calls for the release of detainees
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Tunisian human rights and trade union associations and organizations called on President Kais Saied to apologize for what they called the violence practiced against citizens during demonstrations commemorating the revolution, while the authorities announced the extension of the state of emergency for a month.
The organizations demanded the release of those arrested on the sidelines of those demonstrations, which coincided with the anniversary of the escape of the late President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on January 14, 2011.
While the Syndicate of Journalists, Mohamed Yassin Al-Jelassi, considered that the use of violence in the demonstrations was a political decision, the Ennahda movement demanded the release of all those arrested in connection with those demonstrations.
In a statement, Ennahda called on human rights organizations and the Authority for the Prevention of Torture to “support the victims of police repression on January 14, 2022.”
On the other hand, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement, last Friday, that the security forces exercised the utmost restraint and gradually used water to disperse the demonstrators who deliberately stormed the barriers and attacked the security forces.
Belonging to the “Citizens Against the Coup” initiative, the Ennahda movement, the Democratic Current, the Ettakatol, the Republican Party, and the workers staged protests to reject the president’s measures announced on July 25.
Saeed then imposed exceptional measures, including: freezing the powers of Parliament, issuing legislation by presidential decrees, dismissing the prime minister, and appointing new ones.
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In a related context, the Tunisian Ministry of the Interior said that Minister Tawfiq Sharaf El-Din received the Dean of Tunisian lawyers, Ibrahim Bouderbala, on Tuesday.
The ministry added that some cases that necessitated decisions to be taken under house arrest for a specific period in order to preserve public security, it said.
Meanwhile, lawyer Saeeda Al-Akrimi – the wife of Noureddine Al-Buhairi – held the Tunisian president and the Minister of the Interior responsible for the deterioration of her husband’s health condition, and confirmed that her husband’s health condition was very serious, quoting his private doctor.
For his part, Samir Dilou, a member of El-Buhairi’s defense team, said that the Tunisian judiciary did not find any evidence to condemn El-Buhairi in the cases opened against him.
In a related context, the Tunisian Official Gazette (Al-Raed) published, in its Tuesday edition, a presidential decree, according to which the state of emergency was extended from January 20 to February 18.
President Saeed had extended the emergency in his country for the first time by 6 months, starting from December 26, 2020 until June 23, 2021.
On June 24, the president extended the state of emergency in the country by one month until July 23 of the same year, and on the 24th of the same month, Saeed extended the state of emergency in the country for 6 months until the 19 of this month.