The head of Tunisia's Ennahda movement, Sheikh Rashid Ghannouchi, has called on Tunisian protesters to preserve the freedoms they have acquired through the revolution and preserve the country's wealth and infrastructure.
In an exclusive interview with Quds Press, Ghannouchi described a speech delivered by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Wednesday, in which he ordered the army to "protect the oil facilities and the phosphate production areas" as "positive and reassuring".
"The Tunisian president has affirmed the legitimacy of the revolution and support for the democratic transition and stressed on the need to preserve public facilities," Ghannouchi said, adding that Essebsi has also stressed the right to protest.
Ghannouchi explained that it is the duty of the army and security forces to protect public facilities, warning that the disruption of public utilities will lead to the failure of the democratic experiment.
I warn the youth of the revolution that if the freedom they enjoy today is threatened or if the production facilities are cut off, unemployment rates will double. Therefore it is the duty of all Tunisians to preserve their freedom and use dialogue to solve their problems.