Tunisian police have raided the Al Jazeera office in Tunis on Monday following President Kais Saied’s announcement that he will suspend parliament.
Al Jazeera journalists in the capital said that more than 20 armed police officers in plainclothes have stormed the office without warrants, Al Jazeera reported.
“We did not receive any prior notice of the eviction of our office by the security forces,” said Lotfi Hajji, Al Jazeera’s bureau chief in Tunisia.
Security officers prohibited the journalists from returning back into the building to retrieve their belongings, and confiscated equipment as well.
This after President Saied dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi on Sunday and suspended parliament, as supporters of the president took to the streets to celebrate, following outrage on the government’s Covid-19 response and the economic crisis.
The suspension would last 30 days but could be extended, according to the president as he warned armed forces will respond against those who resort to violence.
“We have taken these decisions… until social peace returns to Tunisia and until we save the state,” the president said.
“I warn any who think of resorting to weapons … and whoever shoots a bullet, the armed forces will respond with bullets,” Saied also said.
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