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Tunisia opposition condemns ‘violent’, ‘baseless’ string of arrests

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Nationwide Salvation Entrance, Tunisia’s principal opposition coalition on Wednesday slammed a string of arrests primarily focusing on critics of President Kais Saied, on Wednesday (Feb. 15).

Police on Monday evening arrested a former justice minister a radio director, two days after a political activist.

“These violent arrests are legally baseless, just because search and arrests can solely be made on the premise of summons,” the pinnacle of the coalition, Ahmed Nejib Chebbi, stated. “Resorting to violence is not going to profit the state, relatively it’ll deepen the rot.”

The arrests come 18 months after Saied froze parliament and seized far-reaching powers, in a transfer, critics labelled a coup.

Throughout a go to to the Inside ministry, the president dismissed the opposition’s feedback.

“We live in a fragile and harmful part, and the fees (in opposition to these arrested) are associated to a plot in opposition to the interior and exterior safety of the state. We respect [legal] procedures and human rights.

The United Nations voiced alarm on Tuesday over what it referred to as “the deepening crackdown in opposition to perceived political opponents and civil society”.

The UN excessive commissioner for Human rights expressed concern on Tuesday.