Ghannouchi asserts the right to protest “peacefully” – Middle East Monitor

Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi yesterday asserted the right to demonstrate peacefully but warned of damage to public or private property.

Speaking at the plenary session for the vote of confidence in the new ministers proposed by Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, Ghannouchi said: “As we assert the right to peaceful protest and to express opinions, we guard against attacks on public and private property “.

“There is no doubt that young people are victims of the failure of the educational and social system, and it is our responsibility, all of us, to be by their side and to reintegrate them, which is a collective effort undertaken. by the state and supported by the forces of civil society, ”he said.

Ghannouchi also called on the judiciary to adopt alternative sanctions like community service rather than corporal punishment against protesters in order to achieve desired social justice and stability.

NOTICE: The harvest of the Arab Spring revolutions

For nearly two weeks, hundreds of Tunisians have been protesting against social inequalities and police abuses.

The Tunisian Interior Ministry announced earlier that as many as 632 people had been arrested for “riots”.

On Monday, a protester died in clashes with police. Haykel Rachdi, 20, was killed when he was hit by a tear gas canister after joining protests in Sbeitla, central Tunisia, his family said.

Ten years after the Arab Spring
[Mohammed Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

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