13 April 2012

Tunisia: Committee to Investigate Police Violence At April 9th Demonstrations

The Constituent Assembly, Tunisia's main legislative body, will assign an internal committee to investigate the violent clashes between police and protesters that occurred in downtown Tunis on April 9th.

The decision was taken during the questioning of Interior Minister Ali Laarayedh yesterday, April 12th, at the headquarters of the Constituent Assembly in Bardo, Tunis.

Meherzia Laabidi, a representative of Ennahda at the Constituent Assembly, explained that the internal committee will consist of 22 members. "The official announcement of this committee will be on Monday, April 16th. We will decide who will chair it then," she added.

Iyed Dahmani, representative of the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), said that the main mission of the internal committee is to find out who is responsible for instructions given to the police to use violence.

The investigation is the Constituent Assembly's response to the events of April 9th, when the police assaulted civilians and journalists during a protest to commemorate Tunisian National Martyr's Day. Under pressure from different parts of civil and political society, the ban on protests on Habib Bourguiba Avenue was lifted recently by the Ministry of the Interior.

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