After two Sundays in a row marked by demonstrations condemning Kaïs Saïed’s “coup”, this week it was his followers’ turn to take to the streets.
as reported from Tunis, Amira Souilem
Sundays in Tunis are event day and slogans resonate everywhere. On Sunday, in the crowd of supporters of Kaïs Saïed, you are also at the meeting. With family, alone or with friends, hundreds of Tunisians marched on Avenue Bourguiba to support President Kaïs Saïed, and in particular the freezing of the assembly he decided on in July.
Many even want it to go further: “We are asking for the dissolution of Parliament, Mr President. We support you. We have had enough of fundamentalists, they violate our rights and starve us “, says a man present in the procession.
“We all had a dream together in 2011” “Fundamentalists”, “Brothers”, “Mafieux” … the qualifier to appoint Ennahdha, the Islamist party, are varied in the mouths of the protesters. One thing does not change, however, everyone here holds this party responsible for the political crises that have shaken the country for ten years.
“We all had a dream together in 2011. People died for this dream and in the end, corruption tormented everything. People returned from exile and they took over the Tunisian revolution. I am 52 years old and I go out on the streets today with the youth to tell them to take over and not let the mafia take over the country “, upset a protester.
More than the simple confidence in Kaïs Saïed, it is therefore a very strong anger towards Ennahdha that seems to offer the head of state a popular base. And this, despite the reviews on the risks of autocratic surpluses.