A rally organised by Tunisia’s governing Islamist party brought a few thousand demonstrators to the streets of the capital Tunis.
Their aim: to show their support for Ennahda, the target for much criticism since the assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, who was shot dead outside his house on Wednesday.
The rally was much smaller than the massive anti-government protest that accompanied the opposition leader’s funeral on Friday.
Demonstrators escorted by the police and security forces expressed their anger at Tunisia’s secular opposition and chanted slogans against opposition leader Béji Caid.
“I’m here to support this protest and all peaceful rallies which try to save the country and get us out of this political impasse,” said one man.
France was also singled out as a target. The protesters accuse Paris of behaving like a colonial power again. The French interior minister has warned of the rise of “Islamic fascism” in Tunisia.
“Dégage” (“get lost”), read one banner in French against a backdrop of the tricolour flag.
“I’m here to support the legitimacy of this government. We’re here to make sure that the Tunisian revolution continues and to achieve our goals. We’re also here to say no to foreign intelligence services, no to French interference in our home affairs and also to say no to conspiracies,” said another demonstrator.
Euronews correspondent in Tunis, Jamel Ezzedini, said:
“Tunisia’s political conflict is turning into a race to get mobilised, and a show of force in the streets between Ennahda in power and the opposition. Everything is happening amid a charged atmosphere where anything can happen.”
- 1Pope Francis kisses hands of Holocaust survivors
- 23D, 360° virtual reality is ready to launch – on an adult film
- 3Bombing in Syria not World War III, says Russia’s EU ambassador
- 4Migrant crisis: Hungary poised to shut unofficial border crossings with Croatia
- 5Syria: We believe that Russia has the wrong strategy, says US
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Syrian refugee tripped by shamed camera woman is named
- 3Hungarian camera woman caught on video kicking and tripping migrants could face jail
- 4Hungarian reporter who tripped migrants apologises for her actions
- 5NASA discovers evidence of “liquid briny water” flowing on Mars
- 6Latest News Bulletin
- 7At least 220 dead in stampede outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia reports
- 8International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 9What the top tweets worldwide are saying about #refugees
- 10Why aren’t rich Gulf states welcoming Syrian refugees…or are they?
- 11Why aren’t rich Gulf states welcoming Syrian refugees… or are they?
- 12Hungarian camerawoman fired after being filmed kicking migrants
- 13Which European countries offer the most social benefits to migrants?
- 14[Live] All the Rugby World Cup news in one place
- 15Spain: Catalan President faces ‘civil disobedience’ charges over breakaway vote
- 16International news | euronews, latest international news
- 17Banzai back in the vocabulary as Japan passes law allowing combat deployments
- 18Exclusive: shipwatchers chart Russian hardware heading into Med
- 19Migrant tripped up in Hungary gets Spanish football job
- 20Israel agents ‘incite’ stone-throwing in West Bank
Wires > News
- 04:50 CET China completes construction of lighthouses in disputed South…
- 01:59 CET Student charged with killing one, wounding three at Arizona…
- 01:43 CET China says U.S. human rights report biased
- 01:11 CET Western countries say endorse unity government for Libya
- 00:56 CET Gunmen kill three Burkina Faso gendarmes near Mali border
- 00:26 CET Exclusive – U.S. warns governments, bankers Iran sanctions still…
- 23:57 CET Pre-election clash in Guinea capital kills two, wounds 33
- 23:14 CET Two alleged Hezbollah associates face U.S. arms, money laundering…