Opponents of Tunisian President Kais Saied attend a protest against his coup d’état on July 25, 2021 in Tunis, Tunisia. Reuters / Zuber Sauisi
September 18, 2021
TUNIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Tunis on Saturday to protest the seizure of Tunisia’s President Kais Saied’s sovereignty, prompting allegations of a constitutional crisis and coup d’état.
Protesters chanting “stop the coup” and “get legitimacy” gathered in the center of the capital, and dozens of Saeed supporters protested, saying “the people want to dissolve parliament.”
The protest was the first with heavy police presence since Saeed announced the sacking of the prime minister, suspending parliament and taking over administrative power on 25 July.
Saturday’s protest may show how many of its leaders will handle public protests by security agencies appointed by Saeed.
Standing between the two camps outside the glamorous Belle Epoque theater on Habiburgiva Street, police were seen treating both protesters equally.
Saeed’s move was widespread in countries that had suffered from economic stagnation and political paralysis for years, but also concerns about new rights and the democratic system that won the 2011 revolution that led to the “Arab Spring”. Reason.
The moderate Muslim Nahda, the largest party in parliament, initially condemned his move as a coup, but this quickly fell short and the period following Sayeed’s intervention was mild.
But eight weeks later, Saeed still has to appoint a prime minister or express his long-term intentions.
Saeed’s adviser told Reuters this month that the president is considering suspending the 2014 constitution and putting a new version in the referendum.
Meanwhile, some members of parliament were arrested and many Tunisians were barred from leaving the country.
Said rejected the coup charge, and his supporters offered his move as an opportunity to reset the interests of the Tunisian Revolution and wipe out the corrupt elite.
“They are here … to protect corrupt people and Islamists,” Mohamed Slim stood with his son in an opposition movement.
(Reporting by Tarek Amara, Written by Angus McDowall, Edited by David Holmes)