Tunis — Peaceful marches were staged, on Thursday, in various regions of the country, namely, Jendouba, Kef, Mahdia, Tataouine, Siliana, Monastir, Sfax and Sousse, demanding acceptance of the roadmap proposed by the quartet--the four organisations sponsoring national dialogue; the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Industry, Trade and Handicrafts Union (UTICA), the Bar and the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH)) -- to bring the country out of the crisis.
This protest movement was called for by UGTT and its partners to pressurise the ruling three-party alliance to accept the roadmap.
Banners were held high and slogans were shouted against the government and the ruling alliance for "their refusal to join the national effort aimed to find solutions to the deteriorated political, economic and social situation that threatens to make the country step into the unknown."
They also shouted slogans demanding the government to step down, blaming "Ennahdha in particular for procrastination," accusing it of ignoring the people's will to get rid of attempts aimed to establish a new dictatorship.
Trade unionists, lawyers, Human rights activists, political parties and civil society representatives, a large number of citizens and National Constituent Assembly dissident deputies took part in these peaceful marches.