Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement has called on protesters in different parts of the country to abide by the law in order to preserve the gains of the “revolution of freedom and dignity.” In a statement released on Monday, the movement called on the people to stay peaceful despite “recorded violations of the law” and to refrain from disrupting public facilities, indiscriminate strikes and provoking security forces.
Tunisia has seen a number of strikes and protests since last week with citizens angered by the corruption in the country and lack of employment opportunities. Unemployment has risen since the revolution in 2011. They have called for greater development in the region and more opportunities for Tunisians to use their skills.
Ennahda said that nobody should abuse peaceful social protests for partisan, political or subversive purposes. Nevertheless, the movement has asked the Tunisian government to “interact positively” with the demands of the protesters, such as “fair development and addressing the problems of poverty and unemployment” through “dialogue that leads to realistic solutions which take into consideration the demands and potential of the country and thus opens the way for a better future.”