Warning of 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 in Tunisia called for 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 from political parties and human rights organizations for what they describe as a violation of rights and freedoms in the country.

Ennahda leader Imad Khamiri said that the demonstrators on January 14 were subjected to unprecedented repression, and 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 authority 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.

Dictatorship back

Al-Nahda said that there are desperate attempts to restore dictatorship in the country, and they will not resonate with the people.

Activists had 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 returned to explain – in a statement – that Bouziane, a member of the party, was subjected to severe violence, which resulted in severe bleeding in the brain, after his stay for 5 days in the intensive care unit in the hospital, adding that the authorities deliberately concealed his health condition from his family.

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 also confirmed that Bouziane was among those arrested on Friday’s protests.

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In a statement carried by the Tunis Africa News Agency, the Tunis court said, “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.”

On Friday, the Ministry of the Interior confirmed that the policemen exercised “the utmost restraint” after being “attacked” by protesters who “attempted to break into” the barriers set up by the police.

For its part, rights groups have expressed concern about freedoms in Tunisia since Saied seized sweeping powers in July, in moves his critics describe as a coup, and he is ruling by decree during a transitional period until a new constitution is drafted later this year.

The president constantly repeats that he supports all rights and freedoms.


On Friday, police used water cannons and batons to disperse protesters, in central Tunis, who defied government restrictions banning all gatherings due to the coronavirus.

During the protest, citizen and foreign journalists covering the protests complained of police violence and abuse. The Syndicate of Journalists condemned the “attacks” against journalists, calling on the president to publicly apologize.

Political parties and organizations have condemned what they call “security violence” against the protesters.

For its part, the “Reporters Without Borders” organization called – on Wednesday – President Said to preserve freedom of the press and expression, one of the “gains” of the 2011 revolution. It issued its report on “the press in Tunisia”, where it “sounded an alarm bell”, considering that the reality of the media “is witnessing a turning point in its history.” “.

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