Protesters Burn 'Ennahda' Headquarters in Tunisia

After announcing several critical decisions, Tunisian President Kais Saied visited Habib Bourguiba Street, accompanied by officials from the presidential office, amid intense security and military presence.

  • Protests Continue in Tunisia
    Protests continue in Tunisia

Al Mayadeen correspondent reported today, Monday, that several protesters are still standing in front of the Tunisian parliament building, condemning the latest events in the country. 

She added that President Saied confirmed that all the decisions were made in consultation with the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Parliament, stressing that the "Ennahda" Movement called on its supporters to take to the streets.

On Sunday evening, the Tunisian capital witnessed several citizens taking to the streets to celebrate Tunisian President Kais Saied's decisions who suspended the Parliament and dismissed Prime Minister Hishem al-Mashishi.

After announcing that he has taken several important decisions, Tunisian President Kais Saied visited Habib Bourguiba Street, accompanied by officials from the presidential office, amid intense security and military reinforcements.

Saied witnessed great popular support of his recent decisions to freeze the Parliament and dismiss the government, as citizens raised slogans against the deputies and the "Ennahda" Movement. 

In response to the recent events, Al Mayadeen's correspondent reported the presence of military elements in the Tunisian capital, noting that the "Ennahda" Movement's headquarters in the Tadamon neighborhood on the outskirts of the Tunisian capital was burned.

In the same context, protesters stormed the "Ennahda" Movement's headquarters in Mahdia, southern Tunisia, burning all stored documents.

According to our correspondent, tear gas was fired near the central headquarters of the "Ennahda" Movement, in the capital's center. 

Simultaneously, the Tunisian presidency called on the people to "be vigilant and don't slip under the advocates of chaos."

It is noteworthy that the presidency announced dismissing Prime Minister Hishem al-Mashishi and suspending the Parliament and its powers for 30 days. 

The Assembly of the Representatives of the People was surrounded by army units, as Tunisian Prime Minister Hishem al-Mashishi left the Carthage Presidential Palace.

The Tunisian army had earlier prevented Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, his deputy, and several deputies from entering the parliament building. This comes amid army deployment in the premises of the building.

In the meantime, sources confirmed to Al Mayadeen that all representatives and state officials were prevented from traveling upon President Said's decision.

A member of the Tunisian Parliament and a leader in the "Ennahda" Movement, Muhammad Al-Qumani, told Al Mayadeen that the Parliament is called to convene today, describing the situation in Tunisia as a "coup."

Earlier yesterday, the "Ennahda" Movement held a press conference to discuss Sunday's events in Tunisia. The Movement's leader, Ali al-Arayedh, said, "We have restrained ourselves from responding to violence with violence, and will rely on our state institutions."