Critics Of Tunisia President Arrested In Crackdown
Police in Tunisia have arrested and detained the head of an independent radio station on the third day of a wave of arrests of opposition politicians and activists over critics on Tunis president.
On Monday, officers raided the house of Noureddine Boutar of Mosaïque FM, which has criticised president Kais Saied
Since Saturday, numerous public figures – including an opposition politician, a prominent businessman, two judges and a former diplomat – have been held.
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The country’s biggest opposition party Ennahda has described the detentions as the “kidnapping of Saied’s opponents”.
Many Tunisians who supported Mr Saied when he came to power in 2019 have recently turned against the president.
Last month, thousands of protesters rallied in the capital Tunis, demanding the resignation of Mr Saied’s government.
The crackdown — targeting Tunisian opposition figures, the president’s critics and opponents in the media,
judiciary and business community — comes after a disastrous parliamentary election last month in which only 11% of the voters cast their ballots.
The vote was organized by Saied, who is determined to reshape the country’s political system and replace a legislature that he had dissolved in 2021.
Another prominent member of Ennahda, Andelhamid Jelassi was arrested on Saturday, according to the movement’s lawyer, along with Khayam Turki, a former leader of the social-democratic Ettakatol party.
Turki’s lawyers said he was taken into custody after a meeting at his home to rally the opposition against Saied and prevent him from strengthening his grip on power.