Tunisia: Presidency of Republic Denounces Provocation in Front of UGTT Headquarters

Carthage — The Presidency of the Republic criticised, with harsh words Tuesday's "provocative and irresponsible actions" in front of headquarters of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) and denounced the use of violence to settle "political scores."

In a statement made public on Wednesday, the Presidency of the Republic demands that "all people involved in those attacks on protestors be arrested and brought to justice."

Besides, it calls on the country's driving forces to show restraint, avoid all that would generate or fuel tension, and make sure that dialogue prevails to favour a peaceful democratic transition. It also calls for a national mobilisation to fight against the phenomenon of violence, that has started to flare up on the political and social scenes.

The Presidency of the Republic regrets the tragic incidents that took place on the anniversary of the assassination of trade union leader Farhat Hached, who inspires love of the homeland and defence of its sovereignty and integrity.

It stressed keenness to see to it that the UGTT remains forever an independent and invulnerable institution, faithful to its main mission, that of defending the labourers' rights and citizens' interests, without discrimination.

All Tunisians, and most particularly political, unionist and media players, the statement adds, should shoulder their responsibility in easing up tension, to shield the Revolution against the dangers of turmoil and violence.

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