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Tunisian Security Forces Storm Al-Jazeera Office, Expel Journalists


Mon 26 Jul 2021 | 01:27 PM
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Anti-government protests broke out in Tunis late on Sunday following President Kais Saied’s decision to freeze the parliament and sack the country’s prime minister.

Earlier today, Tunisian security forces stormed Al Jazeera’s office in Tunis and expelled journalists from the premises.

The head of the Tunis office said authorities failed to provide notice of the eviction prior to storming the facility by some 20 members of plain-clothed security forces.

Tunisian security forces later said they were acting according to “instructions”, Al Jazeera reported, noting journalists were forced to leave the office without being given the chance to take their equipment with them.

“The security forces told us that we have no right to enter the office without showing a court order,” the Al Jazeera reporter said, adding that the security forces seized the keys of the office.

The latest developments come as the North African country witnessed a series of protests against decisions made by the president to suspend the parliament.

After an emergency meeting with armed forces and security services, President Kais Saied announced he would be assuming executive power alongside a new prime minister following violent unrest over the government’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the dwindling economy.

The crowds, which mainly comprised of youth, demanded the termination of parliament and early elections.