4 December 2012

Tunisia: NCA Presidency 'Strongly' Condemns Violence in Mohamed Ali Square

Bardo — The Presidency of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) voiced "deep concern" over the incidents that occurred Tuesday at Mohamed Ali Square in the capital and "strongly" condemned the assault on Executive Committee members of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT).

Trade union sources said three UGTT executive committee members were assaulted by groups belonging to the League for the Protection of the Revolution at Mohamed Ali Square outside of the seat of the UGTT as trade unionists were commemorating the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Leader Farhat Hached.

"Incidents that occurred today threaten security and stability in the country and sow discord and hatred among Tunisians," deplored the Presidency of NCA.

The NCA Presidency expressed, in a statement "its outright rejection of aggressions against symbols of the trade union organisation," reminding of its role in the liberation movement, building the modern state and the success of the Revolution.

"The UGTT is today an active partner in the success of the democratic transition process and in the establishment of social peace," stresses the NCA Presidency, saying "the Revolution has legitimate institutions, including in the first place the Constituent Assembly, to protect it."

The NCA Presidency called to initiate an "immediate inquiry into the circumstances of these incidents and clearly determine responsibilities," said the same source.

Efforts should be made to end such acts of violence, ensure that the principles of co-existence are upheld and the process of transition brought to a successful end within the respect of rule of law, underlines the NCA Presidency.

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