Tunisian police on Saturday arrested a journalist who accuses President Kais Saied of asking the army to shut down the headquarters of a powerful trade union.
The General Labor Union of Tunisia (UGTT) called a strike in June following the government’s refusal to raise wages [source: Getty]
Tunisian police arrested journalist Salah Attia on Saturday, who said AlJazeera that President Kais Saied had asked the army to close the headquarters of the powerful UGTT union, a witness said Reuters. There has been no official confirmation of the arrest.
Attia said on Saturday that President Kais Saied, who has faced growing opposition since seizing executive power last summer, asked the military to shut down the headquarters of the powerful union and put its leaders under house arrest, but the army had refused.
The leader of Tunisia’s powerful UGTT union said this week he was “targeted” by the authorities after refusing to take part in talks on a new constitution called by President Kais Saied last month.
UGTT leader Noureddine Taboubi gave no details, but sources close to the union said there were fears that Saied would use the justice system to target the union after he sacked dozens of judges last week. last week in a move seen as aimed at cementing his one-man rule.