Tunisia: Anger at Protest Ban on Main Street of Tunis

This post is part of our special coverage Tunisia Revolution 2011.

Tunisian netizens have expressed their anger at a ban on protesting on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis, the capital's main street and the Tunisian equivalent of Cairo's Tahrir Square.

On March 28, 2012, the Tunisian Ministry of Interior banned any kind of protest, claiming complaints had been received from commercial and touristic businesses located on the avenue. Recently skirmishes between Islamists and liberals occurred when two protests took place at the same time on the same street.

Habib Bourguiba Avenue. Image by Flickr user Tab59 (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Habib Bourguiba Avenue. Image by Flickr user Tab59 (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Slim Amamou, Tunisian blogger and former Secretary of State  for Youth, tweeted:

@slim404: ياخي الداخلية ولات مشرع باش تمنع و تشرع في ألحق الدستوري في التظاهر؟ قالله شارع الحبيب بورقيبة ممنوع.. ملا لغة.. ‎‬#tnac‪‏ ‎‬#tngov‪‏
@slim404: Has the Interior become a legislator to ban and legislate the constitutional right of protest? They say Habib Bourguiba Avenue is banned… What's this…

He went on to call for a protest:

@slim404: حالة الطوارئ توفى غدوة 30 مارس في تونس. تظاهرو! ما تسمعوش كلام الداخلية!
@slim404: The state of emergency ends tomorrow, March 30, in Tunisia. Go protest! Don't listen to the Interior's words

The blogger and Wikipedian Habib M'henni responded to Amamou's tweet saying:

@HabibMhenni: تمديد ضمني في حالة الطوارئ المنتهية آخر هذا الشهر
@HabibMhenni: An implicit extension of the state of emergency ending this month

Prominent blogger Azyz Amami, imprisoned during the Tunisian Revolution, also responded to Slim Amamou's tweet:

@Azyyoz: C'est pas la première fois qu'ils le font, ces salauds

@Azyyoz: It's not the first time they've done it, these bastards

Blogger Tounsiahourra reported that a vigil for Land Day had not been allowed:

@tounsiahourra: الداخلية ترفض الترخيص لمسيرة بالشموع غدا امام المسرح البلدي في شارع بورقيبة في يوم الأرض بتعلة ان كل التظاهرات منعت في ذلك الشارع ‎‬#EarthDay
@tounsiahourra: The Interior refuses to authorize a candlelight vigil for Land Day tomorrow in front of the Municipal Theatre on Bourguiba Avenue on the pretext that all protests are banned on that street

This post is part of our special coverage Tunisia Revolution 2011.


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