March 15 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Tunisian Islamist party Ennahda denounced this Wednesday that the authorities arrested late Tuesday the party’s communication officer, Abdelfatá al-Taguti, amid increased repression against opponents and activists critical of the president, Kais Saied.
Ennahda has indicated in a message posted on her official account on the social network Facebook that Al Taguti was arrested by a National Guard patrol and has denounced his “unfair arrest.” Thus, she has expressed her “total solidarity” with the detainee and has called for his “immediate release”.
“Public opinion knows the failure and impotence of the authorities after 20 months monopolizing power, a period in which our country has sunk further into economic collapse, social misery and international isolation,” the Islamist party stressed. Tunisian.
The authorities have detained since February several senior party officials, as well as activists, businessmen and journalists, including the director of the private station Mosaique FM, the most listened to in the country. Saied has accused these people of an alleged “plot against state security.”
The leader of the National Salvation Front, Ahmed Neyib Chebi, recently announced the creation of a network to defend “political prisoners” and revealed that a media campaign will be launched to “generate national and international awareness about the arrests and the situation of the detainees”.
The opposition, mostly united around the National Salvation Front, which includes Ennahda, has demanded Saied’s resignation, especially after his call for a boycott in the December and January legislatures resulted in a participation rate close to to ten percent.
Saied assumed all powers in May 2021 after dissolving the Government and suspending Parliament –later dissolved–. Since then, he has promoted a constitutional reform that reinforces the powers of the Presidency and has called elections marked by abstention, a reflection of the low popular support that his measures have.