Demonstrators In Tunis Want The Coup to Fall

Published September 27th, 2021 - 06:42 GMT

Thousands of Tunisians Sunday took to the streets in a rally in the capital Tunis to protest President Kais Saied's move to expand his powers.

About 2,000 Tunisians rallied in their capital on Sunday to protest President's steps to tighten his grip on power which they labelled "a coup d'etat".

It was the largest demonstration since Saied on July 25 sacked prime minister Hichem Mechichi, suspended parliament and granted himself judicial powers, a move he followed up on Wednesday by announcing "exceptional measures" that allow him to rule by decree.

"Constitution, freedom and national dignity," chanted the demonstrators. They also demanded "national unity against populism" and called for the "end of the Kais Saied regime".

Security forces were deployed in large numbers along Bourguiba Avenue, which runs through the heart of the capital, with armoured cars, police vans and metal barriers set up to control access to different areas.

The president made his power grab after months of political stalemate and during the Covid-19 pandemic which further aggravated the country's economic and social difficulties.

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Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest in Tunisia's capital Tunis on September 26, 2021, against President Kais Saied's recent steps to tighten his grip on power.

Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest in Tunisia's capital Tunis on September 26, 2021, against President Kais Saied's recent steps to tighten his grip on power. (Photo by FETHI BELAID / AFP)

2,000 demonstrators gathered in Tunis

2,000 demonstrators gathered in Tunis (Twitter)

Hundreds of demonstrators gather in Tunis to protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July, and call on him to step down

Hundreds of demonstrators gather in Tunis to protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July, and call on him to step down (Twitter)

Thousands gather in Tunis in largest protest for years.

Thousands gather in Tunis in largest protest for years. (Twitter)

Protesters angry at the Tunisian president’s seizure of broad powers faced off with his supporters Saturday in competing demonstrations in the North African nation's capital of Tunis.

Protesters angry at the Tunisian president’s seizure of broad powers faced off with his supporters Saturday in competing demonstrations in the North African nation's capital of Tunis. (Twitter)

Saied had on July 25 sacked prime minister Hichem Mechichi, suspended parliament and granted himself judicial powers. On September 22 he also announced "exceptional measures" that allow him to rule by decree.

Saied had on July 25 sacked prime minister Hichem Mechichi, suspended parliament and granted himself judicial powers. On September 22 he also announced "exceptional measures" that allow him to rule by decree. (Photo by FETHI BELAID / AFP)

Thousands of demonstrators gather in Tunisian capital Tunis to protest against President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July

Thousands of demonstrators gather in Tunisian capital Tunis to protest against President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July (Twitter)

Thousands of demonstrators gather in Tunisian capital Tunis to protest against President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July

Thousands of demonstrators gather in Tunisian capital Tunis to protest against President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July (Twitter)

Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest in Tunisia's capital Tunis on September 26, 2021, against President Kais Saied's recent steps to tighten his grip on power.
2,000 demonstrators gathered in Tunis
Hundreds of demonstrators gather in Tunis to protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July, and call on him to step down
Thousands gather in Tunis in largest protest for years.
Protesters angry at the Tunisian president’s seizure of broad powers faced off with his supporters Saturday in competing demonstrations in the North African nation's capital of Tunis.
Saied had on July 25 sacked prime minister Hichem Mechichi, suspended parliament and granted himself judicial powers. On September 22 he also announced "exceptional measures" that allow him to rule by decree.
Thousands of demonstrators gather in Tunisian capital Tunis to protest against President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July
Thousands of demonstrators gather in Tunisian capital Tunis to protest against President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July
Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest in Tunisia's capital Tunis on September 26, 2021, against President Kais Saied's recent steps to tighten his grip on power.
Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest in Tunisia's capital Tunis on September 26, 2021, against President Kais Saied's recent steps to tighten his grip on power. (Photo by FETHI BELAID / AFP)
2,000 demonstrators gathered in Tunis
2,000 demonstrators gathered in Tunis (Twitter)
Hundreds of demonstrators gather in Tunis to protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July, and call on him to step down
Hundreds of demonstrators gather in Tunis to protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July, and call on him to step down (Twitter)
Thousands gather in Tunis in largest protest for years.
Thousands gather in Tunis in largest protest for years. (Twitter)
Protesters angry at the Tunisian president’s seizure of broad powers faced off with his supporters Saturday in competing demonstrations in the North African nation's capital of Tunis.
Protesters angry at the Tunisian president’s seizure of broad powers faced off with his supporters Saturday in competing demonstrations in the North African nation's capital of Tunis. (Twitter)
Saied had on July 25 sacked prime minister Hichem Mechichi, suspended parliament and granted himself judicial powers. On September 22 he also announced "exceptional measures" that allow him to rule by decree.
Saied had on July 25 sacked prime minister Hichem Mechichi, suspended parliament and granted himself judicial powers. On September 22 he also announced "exceptional measures" that allow him to rule by decree. (Photo by FETHI BELAID / AFP)
Thousands of demonstrators gather in Tunisian capital Tunis to protest against President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July
Thousands of demonstrators gather in Tunisian capital Tunis to protest against President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July (Twitter)
Thousands of demonstrators gather in Tunisian capital Tunis to protest against President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July
Thousands of demonstrators gather in Tunisian capital Tunis to protest against President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July (Twitter)