The National Salvation Front, a coalition of the opposition, on Saturday, once again held a rally in front of the Tunis Municipal Theatre, on Habib Bourguiba Avenue. This is a weekly rally through which the organisers want to raise the demands of the Tunisian opposition for the release of political, trade union, media and intellectual figures arrested in the case of «conspiracy against state security.» According to the official authorities, those arrested are guilty under the country's penal code and should be held accountable for serious grievances and demands. The opposition, on the other hand, sees them as prisoners of conscience whose political and ideological convictions do not, or no longer, please the regime. It is in this perspective of ideological and political polarisation that dozens of supporters of the Front as well as prominent opposition politicians took part in this rally. The Front's President, Ahmed Nejib Chebbi, Samira Chaouchi, former deputy speaker of parliament, and two Ennahda party leaders, Ajmi Ourimi and Riadh Chaïf, took part in the rally. Taking the floor, Samir Chaouachi said they are incarcerated because of "their political activity", adding that the prosecution has not established concrete and irrefutable evidence against them. For his part, Belgacem Hassen, a leader of the Ennahda party, reaffirmed the commitment of the demonstrators, stating that the protest momentum will continue unabated in concert with all components of the Tunisian opposition. For his part, Belgacem Hassen, a leader in Ennahda party, reaffirmed the commitment of the demonstrators, stating that the protest momentum will continue unabated in concert with all components of the Tunisian opposition. «We are all mobilised to defend democracy and to reaffirm that the Front will never abandon its detainees, especially as the charges against them are totally unfounded,» he added. On the other side of the avenue, many of President Saied's supporters also gathered. They had come to defend a different vision, a different approach, that of the president. For them, the National Salvation Front, its ideology and its leaders, are primarily responsible for the deplorable situation in which the country finds itself. Their policies, their behaviour when they were in power, were behind the country's decline and bankruptcy, of the suffering and setbacks of the Tunisian people, of the sad memory of the decade of fire.
Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse