20 January 2011

Tunisia: Peaceful Marches in Several Regions in Protest Against NUG

Tunis — Peaceful marches against the new government resumed, on Wednesday, in several cities across the country calling for the removal of RCD symbols from composition of the National Unity Government (NUG).

These marches, overseen by the trade union organisations' regional structures, were staged in several cities of the governorates of Tunis, Monastir, Sfax, Mahdia, Kef, Bizerte, Kébili, Medenine, Jendouba,Gafsa, Sidi Bouzid, Sousse and Gabes.

The marches were peaceful and were placed under the protection of the National Army, with an important participation of youth, unionists, jurists, representatives of civil society's components and the various political sensitivities. Protestors also called for reviewing NUG make-up, by repudiating symbols of the former regime in response to the legitimate demands of the various political trends, recommending the formation of an authentic National Salvation Government, breaking off with the old regime.

They also reiterated attachment to the people's legitimate claims, including the defence of public freedoms, respect of Human Rights and adoption of democracy as a fundamental choice in all political action. Protestors also called for a complete mobilisation up to satisfaction of their political demands. They waved the national flag and placards which read slogans of loyalty to the martyrs killed by bullets, and their total rejection of any attempt to hijack their sacrifices.

Source: TAP

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