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Calls for a National Strike in Tunisia After Arrest of Prominent Lawyer Amid Crackdown on Dissent

HeadlineMay 13, 2024

A Tunisian lawyers’ association has called for a nationwide strike after masked police officers raided Tunisia’s bar association offices and arrested a prominent lawyer Saturday. Sonia Dahmani is an outspoken critic of the government of President Kais Saied and said in a TV interview last week that “half of Tunisia’s youth” want to leave the country. She was being questioned about Black African migrants that have been expelled from Tunisia. Dahmani’s arrest was captured on a live French news broadcast as a reporter was covering her persecution by the government. Two journalists were also arrested Saturday as part of the ongoing crackdown on dissent. On Sunday, protesters took to the streets of Tunis. This is Ahmed Nejib Chebbi, head of the opposition alliance.

Ahmed Nejib Chebbi: “Today, people are being arrested for anything, absolutely anything. On top of all that, we are undermining the upcoming elections. Tunisia will be on the brink of crisis and collapse. Therefore, we advocate for holding the elections on the scheduled date, ensuring they are conducted within a framework of freedom and equal opportunity.”

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