Tunisia – Thousands protest against policy of Kais Saied and deteriorating economic situation
Location: Tunis – Tunisia
Source: A24 in Tunisia
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National Salvation Front organized a protest march in the center of Avenue Habib Bourguiba in capital Tunis on Saturday.
Thousands of demonstrators and a number of politicians participated in the protest against President of the Republic, Kais Saied, “monopolizing” power and government’s inability to resolve economic and social crises.
A24 correspondent reported that National Salvation Front supporters refuse to recognize the ruling system in Tunisia and reject the legislative elections President Saied is carrying out, stressing that it is an illegal process.
Protesters raised slogans expressing their rejection of the policy of Kais Saied, demanding his departure and downfall of the coup, as they described it.
– Soundbite (Riyad Al-Shuaibi – Founding body of National Salvation Front):
“This protest march is to express public anger over policies of President Kais Saied, whose priorities differ from those of the people, including bread, difficult living and social conditions. The president’s priority is the elections, which Tunisians have rejected, boycotted, and refused to participate in. The president is proceeding alone on this path. The people are here today to fight for their economic and social rights.”
– Soundbite (Emad Al-Hamami – Leader in Al-Nahda movement):
“The public today is saying to the president, “Leave, along with this coup and its system”. The public rejects what the coup authority has caused in terms of economic, social and financial collapse in the country. They say these conditions have no solution and cannot be improved, only to hold sham elections as formality for Saied supporters and followers. The real solution is gathering of the public in a national dialogue conference.”
– Soundbite (Samir Delo – Leader in National Salvation Front):
“We are not here to protest or demand, we are gathered here in a cumulative, peaceful, civil rights march to overthrow Kais Saied, his regime, useless appointed officials, absurd choices, and weak structure.”