Warning against the return of dictatorship..Demands for a judicial investigation into the death of a Tunisian citizen who was beaten on the day of the revolution
The Ennahda movement demanded a serious judicial investigation into the death of Radwan Bouziane and blamed what it described as the coup authority responsible for the violence, amid criticism of political parties and human rights organizations for what it described as a violation of rights and freedoms in Tunisia.
Ennahda leader Imad Khamiri said that the demonstrators on January 14 were subjected to unprecedented repression, and Khamiri stressed his movement’s rejection of politicizing the security establishment and implicating it in activities outside the law, he said.
Ennahda said that President Kais Saied granted himself the power to prevent comment on any decrees he issues, stressing that it will arm itself with all legal means to hold accountable those responsible for Bouziane’s death.
She added that the violence in the January 14 demonstrations was unjustified, explaining that there has been a coup against the constitution and a perversion of power since last July 25.
Ennahda said that there are desperate attempts to restore dictatorship in Tunisia, and they will not resonate with the people.
Activists confirmed that a man died in hospital yesterday, Wednesday, as a result of police violence during Friday’s protest.
The Citizens Against the Coup coalition said, “The late Reda Bouziane (died) succumbed to his injuries as a result of being violently and dragged away by the police on January 14, during a demonstration celebrating the revolution and facing the coup.”
The Ennahda party said in a statement that Bouziane, a party member, was subjected to severe violence, which resulted in severe bleeding in the brain, after staying five days in the hospital’s intensive care unit, adding that the authorities deliberately concealed his health condition from his family.
Lawyer Samir Benomar, a lawyer for those arrested in last Friday’s protests, revealed that Bouziane died as a result of police violence. Lawyer Samir Dilou explained that Bouziane was among those arrested on Friday’s protests.
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“Through the examination conducted by the representative of the Public Prosecution, it was found that the deceased did not have any visible signs of violence…a research was opened for the purpose and permission was given to display the dead body to the forensic medicine department,” the Tunis court said in a statement carried by the Tunis Africa News Agency.
On Friday, the Tunisian Ministry of the Interior confirmed that the policemen exercised the utmost restraint after being attacked by protesters who tried to storm the barriers set up by the police.
Rights groups have expressed concern about freedoms in Tunisia since President Kais Saied seized sweeping powers in July in moves his critics describe as a coup. Saeed rules by decree during a transitional period until a new constitution is drafted later this year.
Said constantly reiterates that he supports all rights and freedoms.
On Friday, police used water cannons and batons to disperse protesters in central Tunisia who defied government restrictions banning all gatherings due to the coronavirus.
During the protest, Tunisian and foreign journalists covering the protests complained of police violence and abuse. The Journalists’ Syndicate condemned the attacks on journalists and demanded that President Saeed apologize publicly.
Political parties and organizations condemned what they described as security violence against the protesters.
Today, Wednesday, Reporters Without Borders called on Said to preserve freedom of the press and expression as one of the “gains” of the 2011 revolution. The organization issued its report on “press in Tunisia”, where it “sounded an alarm bell”, saying that the reality of the media in Tunisia “is witnessing a turning point in its history.”