Tunisians defy ban to protest against president

Tunisian police used tear gas and water cannons on Friday to disperse hundreds of demonstrators protesting against President Kais Saied’s takeover of the country in July.

Demonstrators had gathered despite restrictions on gatherings on Thursday due to a string of coronavirus cases in the country.

More than 1,000 protesters gathered on Avenue Mohamed V, but were prevented from accessing the famous Habib Bourguiba Avenue, the center of the mass protests that toppled Ben Ali 11 years ago.

Some protesters broke a police cordon before the police pushed them with batons, tear gas and water cannons.

“Down with the coup,” some protesters chanted, referring to Said’s 25 July moves, in which he sacked the government, froze parliament and seized a range of powers.

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