Tons of Tunisian opposition supporters have converged on Sunday to demonstrate against the current president Kais Saied’s power grab and the ongoing economic pandemonium in the country.
The protesting individuals which are over 2000 echoed “poverty has increased and famine is at our doorsteps”
The protesters held up placards which carries signs in English and French that read “Tunisia wake up” and “Tunisian state is on the verge of collapse”
It was reported that the president, Saied dismissed some government agencies, suspended parliament and advance to rule the country by decree thereby raising fear of democracy ineffectiveness in the country.
The current protest was spearheaded by the Free Destourian Party under the leadership of anti-Islamist lawyer Abir Moussi.
“The government today is capable of finding solutions for the today is incapable of finding solutions for the Tunisian people… if we continue in silence, we will lose the century,” Moussi said in an interview during the protest.
She further asserts that the current executives in the country are “illegitimate” and requested for legislative elections to be brought forward from their scheduled date of December. Being a loyalist of Moussi, Youssef Jabali who is one of the protestors told AFP: “Saied, the dictator, is shut off in his palace and the people can’t find semolina, flour, oil or sugar”
While the economic situation of the country worsens, Tunisia has recently been hampered with the shortage of foods as a result of the war in Ukraine which threatens to interrupt major supplies to various Arab countries.
The government authorities attributed the plunge of foodstuff to panic buying ahead of the upcoming Ramadan in April.
On Wednesday, Saied declared a “relentless war” on food speculators and profiteers, accusing them of seeking to “strike at social peace and security ”