Protests erupt amid Tunisia police union ban

News article, posted 09.23.2011, from Tunis, Tunisia, in:
Monia Ghanmi
Protests erupt amid Tunisia police union ban (Photo: Reuters)

Tunisian police are now banned from joining unions "given the danger that such activity represents for the security of the country", Interim Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi announced on Tuesday (September 6th).

"Many dangerous things happened in this country and that concerns all its citizens," he said. Caid Essebsi announced a host of measures to restore security following recent clashes that left at least two people dead in the southwest and spurred a curfew on Sbeïtla.

The caretaker prime minister added the transitional government would "strictly" apply the state of emergency and prohibit "all demonstrations, all strikes and all meetings that could affect the security of the country". He authorised the interim prime minister to "place under house arrest any person known for activities affecting internal security".

The announcement came amid renewed riots in the Tunis Kasbah. Scores of angry security servicemen protested accusations that they killed protestors during the January 14th revolution. Twenty-three officers have been arrested on charges of killing demonstrators.

Police pressed for the dismissal of Interior Minister Habib Essid, Public Security Director Taoufik Dimassi and National Security Director Nabil Abid. The demonstrators also called for adopting a legal framework that would guarantee the protection of security agents. Several security centres were set alight last week, causing the union of internal security forces to call for a strike on Monday.

The speech caused resentment among police officers, who continued their protests.


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