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Tunisia halts protests on avenue symbolic of 2011 revolution – Reports – SABC News

The governor of the Tunisian capital Tunis has banned political protests on Avenue Habib Bourguiba, a symbol of the 2011 revolution, ahead of a protest against President Kais Saied called by the opposition Labor Party on Saturday.

Tunisian media reported on Friday that Governor Kamel Fkih said in a statement that Habib Bourguiba “is intended only for cultural, tourist and exhibition activities”.

“Other protests will be moved to Human Rights Square or other public spaces on Mohammed V Street,” the statement, quoted by local media, said.

Tunis officials were not immediately available for comment.

In July, Saied suspended parliament and took most of the powers in a move his opponents called a coup d’etat, drawing widespread criticism at home and abroad.

But Saied said it aims to save Tunisia from collapse.

Habib Bourguiba was at the center of the 2011 protests that ended the rule of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali after tens of thousands rallied in January and broke the barrier of years of fear and authoritarian rule.

The opposition has protested there in recent months, and some of the demonstrations have been broken up by the authorities.

Saied has vowed to uphold the rights and freedoms won in the revolution, but his critics say his actions, which include replacing a body that guarantees judicial independence, show he is determined to support the one-man – to consolidate domination.

Tunisia halts protests on avenue symbolic of 2011 revolution – Reports – SABC News

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