Several political parties, including the Islamist Ennahda, have denounced the repression of protests in the city of Agareb against the reopening of a landfill and investigated complaints about the death of a person from inhalation of tear gas.
Ennahda has blamed President Kais Saied and the Interior Ministry for the incidents and stressed that problems of this kind cannot be solved by force, according to the state-run Tunisian news agency TAP.
It has called for citizens, regional authorities and local groups to participate in a process to resolve the dispute, while the Esperanza y Trabajo movement has denounced that the landfill was reopened in violation of a court order.
The Harak Tunes al Irada formation has also denounced the “violent” intervention of the security forces and its “negative” impact on social peace, while stressing that Saied has “direct” responsibility for the situation.
For its part, the National Agency for the Prevention of Torture (INPT) has underscored its commitment to investigating the death of a citizen during the protests, despite the government declaring that the death was unrelated to the incidents.
The INPT called for the judicial authorities to speed up the investigation to determine responsibility after the Home Office assured the body that the body was sick and lived six kilometers from the site of the clashes.
With that in mind, a Tunisian judicial spokesman has revealed that the autopsy shows no evidence of violence on the body of the deceased Murad Turki and has pointed to a death from “total obstruction of the coronary artery” from a heart problem.
The city of Agareb was the scene of a general strike on Wednesday that paralyzed all public and private services in protest against the reopening of the El Gonna landfill and the security forces’ response to the protests.
The Environment Ministry defended on Monday that the decision to reopen the landfill had been taken “along with other measures,” including renovation work on the facilities and the removal of gases from the site.
The protests are the most important against the government of Prime Minister Najla Buden Romdhane, who took office on October 11 after the appointment by President Kais Saied, who took over power in July.
Saied ordered the suspension of parliament and the sacking of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi in July as part of a series of extraordinary measures to take over any powers that have sparked complaints of a coup in the country.