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Protests in Tunisia against UAE-backed coup attempt

June 14, 2018 at 11:54 am

Tunisian security forces stage a protest after Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi Brahem was sacked in Sfax, Tunisia on 11 June 2018 [Houssem Zouari/Anadolu Agency]

Demonstrations were held in the Tunisian capital Tunis to denounce the failed coup attempt which was backed by the UAE and exposed by a French newspaper.

Activists called for an end to foreign interference in the country’s affairs and for the UAE ambassador to be expelled as a result of his country’s actions.

Earlier this week Le Monde Afrique revealed that ousted Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi Brahem planned a coup d’état in coordination with the UAE intelligence services.

The article by the editor of the French press website, Nicolas Beau, revealed that Braham “made a mistake by betting on his new Emirati friends that he will become the leader in Tunisia thanks to their support.”

On Tuesday, dozens of Tunisians gathered in front of the Ministry of the Interior to denounce what they described as the failed coup attempt which is supported by the UAE and “manipulated by advocates of counter-revolution that do not want what is best for Tunisia.”

The protesters demanded the ousting of the UAE ambassador from Tunisia and for Brahem to be held accountable for his actions as he had become “a threat to the country’s security, stability, the path of its revolution and the gains of its democracy.”

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