After scenes of beating, stripping and dragging a young man on the highway at the hands of policemen sparked widespread anger in Tunisia, Tunisian President Kais Saied informed Prime Minister Hisham Al-Mashishi of his displeasure at the transgressions that threaten the unity of the state.
He said that the Tunisian state is one and that the constitution gave him the duty to preserve it, stressing that “no one is above the law.”
He also stressed that there is no room for any position to be exploited to turn it into a center of power or pressure to strike at the country’s unity, according to what the presidency announced.
This came against the background of a young man being beaten, stripped and dragged on the public road by policemen in the outskirts of the capital.
Since Wednesday evening, social networking sites have circulated a video clip, documenting a violent attack on a young man by security men in the Sidi Hussein Al-Sejoumi area. In front of passers-by, who raised their voices to stop hitting him.
During the plenary session of the Tunisian Parliament, Thursday, a number of deputies condemned the incident, describing the scene as “shocking and offensive to the country’s image,” calling on the judicial authorities to open an investigation.
On Thursday evening, the Sidi Husein al-Sejoumi area witnessed clashes between protesters and security forces for the third night in a row, during which the police used tear gas to disperse the protesters.