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Tunisia army declares protest area ‘closed military zone’

Tunisia army declares protest area ‘closed military zone’

Press TV

Tunisian army has declared an area where pro- and anti-government protests were held as “closed military zone.”

The military used barbed wire to close the main square in the capital, Tunis, on Monday.

Opposition media reported that demonstrators from both sides pledged to come back to the area, adding that anti-government protesters had already begun regrouping close to the square.

On the same day, Tunisian police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the city of Sidi Bouzid, the hometown of slain opposition figure, Mohamed Brahmi.

The demonstrators, who assembled in front of the governor’s office in the centre-west city, demanded the resignation of the government.

Meanwhile on Sunday, a group of Tunisian lawmakers staged a sit-in in front of the parliament in protest against the assassination of the leading opposition figure.

The lawmakers said they hold the government led by the ruling Ennahda Party responsible for the killing of Brahmi, which sparked protests over the past week in the capital and other cities.

Tunisia has seen numerous clashes between the authorities and extremist groups over the past few months.

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Tunisian lawmakers join protests against killing of opposition figure

Press TV

A group of Tunisian lawmakers have staged a sit-in in front of the parliament in protest against the recent assassination of a leading opposition figure.

The lawmakers said on Sunday that they hold the government led by the ruling Ennahda Party responsible for the killing of Mohamed Brahmi, which sparked protests over the past week in the capital Tunis and other cities.

They also announced that some 70 lawmakers resigned from Tunisia’s transitional National Constituent Assembly (NCA), calling for the dissolution of the parliament over the worsening security situation.

Iyed Dahmani said, “Will we join the General Assembly on Monday or Tuesday? I answered, and I think that I did in the name of all my colleagues: ‘The MPs who retired won’t come back to the Assembly neither on Monday, nor Tuesday, nor any other day.”

Some lawmakers censured security forces for handling of the protests.

“We want to say that security forces’ behavior yesterday was very rude, repressive. They were very nervous. Some policemen were ethical but most of them, and specially the anti-riot brigade, this brigade was wild,” said lawmaker Samir Bettaib…

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