20 March 2013

Tunisia: Marzouki Calls to Turn LPR Into Associations Committed to Political and Cultural Construction

Tunis — Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki said the Tunisian Revolution "today derives its strengthen from its National Army, Republican Police, civil society and mature people. It does not, therefore, need any organisation that could turn into partisan militia, he indicated.

In a speech delivered Wednesday at Carthage Palace on the celebration of the 57th anniversary of Independence, President Marzouki called for turning leagues for protection of the Revolution into national associations committed, through acts and speech, to political and cultural construction.

"Nobody, outside the security and military institutions, has the right to form a military or para-military group or to make use of arms to impose the law," he argued.

Moncef Marzouki condemned "the terrorist groups who, failing to convince others through good word, seek to impose their views by force".

He also denounced networks that recruit youth for Jihad and all forms of political violence which, he said, threaten the national unity. This violence had reached its climax with the assassination of militant Chokri Belaid, servicemen and enforcement officers, President Marzouki indicated.

Political violence is the result of the denigration and indoctrination campaigns conducted by politicians and journalists, he said, urging them to rethink the style and content of their speeches.

"Political parties should send clear instructions to their members on the respect for difference," he also indicated, stressing that it is no longer allowed today in Tunisia to commit torture or other misconduct such as the use of buckshot in Siliana which caused loss of sight for many citizens.

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