The arrest is the newest in a crackdown in opposition to President Kais Saied’s opponents.
Tunisian police have arrested Abir Moussi, a distinguished opposition chief, on the entrance of the presidential palace. Moussi has been detained since Tuesday by Tunisia’s public prosecutor, her legal professionals stated.
“Moussi was detained for 48 hours in costs of processing private knowledge, obstructing the fitting to work, and assault meant to trigger chaos,” lawyer Aroussi Zgir stated, in keeping with Reuters.
In a Fb video, Moussi’s assistant shared that she was “kidnapped” in entrance of the Carthage Palace.
A post on her celebration’s Fb web page additionally acknowledged that Moussi’s telephone was seized and she or he was taken to an unknown vacation spot earlier than being despatched to the police station.
Dozens of Moussi supporters gathered in entrance of the La Goulette police station, expressing their anger and pushing for her launch.
As a heavy police contingent cordoned off the constructing, supporters shouted “No concern, no terror, Abeer, daughter of the individuals,” in keeping with Al Arabiya.
Earlier on Tuesday, Moussi stated in a video that she visited the presidential registry to file an attraction in opposition to a presidential decree. Moussi added that this vital step earlier than native elections anticipated on the finish of the yr would enable her to file an attraction within the Administrative Court docket.
Moussi’s official web page confirmed that her arrest adopted her sit-in in entrance of the Carthage Palace, as a result of the Presidency of the Republic’s Registry Workplace rejected her grievance concerning the parliamentary elections.
Moussi was accompanied by the celebration’s lawyer and one of many execution officers to speak advance calls for that should be directed to the president earlier than the attraction, they stated.
Wave of opposition in opposition to Saied
Moussi has been main the Free Destourian (Constitutional) Occasion since 2016 and supported late president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who was toppled by mass protests in 2011.
Over the previous few months, Moussi’s celebration has organised protests against Saied who they accuse of “ruling by his personal command” and making “unlawful” selections, in keeping with Al Arabiya. After changing into president in 2019, he shut down the elected parliament in 2021 and moved to rule by decree.
Saied has denied accusations of a coup and claims that his measures are an try to avoid wasting the nation from years of chaos. He has described these detained as “terrorists, traitors and criminals”, in keeping with Reuters.
A number of other Saied opponents have been protesting in opposition to the president. 5 of them have joined jailed opposition chief Rached Ghannouchi in a starvation strike. Ghannouchi’s Ennahdha celebration has referred to as the concentrating on of opposition figures an “expansion of coup authority”.
Moussi has additionally stated that she is able to make private sacrifices to avoid wasting Tunisia.
On this wave of opposition, greater than 20 main political figures have been arrested by Tunisian police on the grounds that they’re plotting in opposition to state safety.
Earlier this yr, Monica Marks, a professor of politicis at New York College in Abu Dhabi, told Al Jazeera that arrests have been going down outdoors of the rule of legislation since costs had not been served.