10 August 2013

Tunisia: NCA Withdrawing Members Decide to Continue Open-Ended Sit-in

Bardo — The Bardo square, located in front of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) premises, resumes gradually in the second day of Eid El Fitr the mood which marked the open-ended sit-in staged for more than two weeks by NCA elected members who withdrew from the assembly, claiming its dissolution after the assassination of NCA member, martyr Mohamed Brahmi.

Citizens, NCA members and representatives of the civil society joined the Bardo square after information of an attempt to lift the sit-in by security forces.

Withdrawing NCA opposition members said in a statement that members of the security forces attempted to remove the tents of sit-inners to seed doubt among the activists.

"This attempt not only failed but made the opposite effect since it strengthened the unity of sit-inners and comforted their moral," the statement underlines.

"The tents were reinstalled and peaceful sit-in continues until the achievement of the objectives, namely the dissolution of the NCA, the government and the appointment of a national salvation government", the statement adds, announcing that mobilisation continues for a movement scheduled for next August 13.

Hichem Hosni, NCA member in sit-in, declared in a statement to TAP news agency, the attachment to form a government of national skills led by an independent personality to bring the country out of the political and economic crisis.

Interior Ministry's sources denied the attempt to lift the sit-in, specifying that the operation concerned only tents installed in anarchic way and others installed for unauthorised trading.

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