The leader of the Leagues for the Protection of the Revolution (LPR) in Tunisia has strongly criticized events surrounding the removal of Mohammed Morsi from the Egyptian presidency and has asserted that his organization would use violence if necessary to prevent a similar outcome in Tunisia.
The opposition Nidaa Tounes party yesterday called for the dissolution of the National Constituent Assembly, while a Tunisian version of the Egyptian Tamarod movement, which mobilized millions of anti-Morsi protesters in the streets of Cairo, has called for the creation of a new government in Tunisia.
Tunisia’s Leagues for the Protection of the Revolution firmly reject such ideas, however.
The LPR, which tend to support the Tunisian government led by the Islamist Ennahdha party, have been accused of using violence for political means. Most recently, a journalist was assaulted during a LPR protest outside the National Constituent Assembly building in Tunis. The LPR denied any involvement in the incident, asserting that it was the fault of a “mentally ill” person passing by the protest.
Mounir Achour, the head of the Leagues, explicitly warned Tunisians not to attempt an overthrow of the current Tunisian government.
“We have yet to organize protests in support of a legitimate power in Tunisia, but we have contacts of people in every governorate. We are ready to resort to violence if necessary,” he said.
“I am surprised with how people ask to dissolve a democratic government. That is totally intolerable,” he continued.
Achour questioned the intentions of the Tamarod Tunisia movement, accusing it of representing members of the Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) party of former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
“The Tamarod movement is not what it claims to be,” he said. “These people are not spontaneous, and they are infiltrated by former RCD party members.”
Achour rejects the claims of major opposition party Nidaa Tounes, which states that the government has lost both legality and legitimacy, and has called for the dissolution of the National Constituent Assembly.
The left is comprised of people “supported by dirty money who seek to overthrow a democratic government,” he said.
Achour also strongly criticized the overthrow of Morsi.
“I am really upset by how the Egyptians removed Morsi. That is not fair. He was doing his job perfectly and governing by the rule of law. How can people turn against him?”
He claimed that a large degree of public support existed for Morsi.
“The proof is that pro-Morsi Egyptians ran into the street today to ask Morsi to come back in what they called ‘The Friday of Rejection,’” he asserted.
This points to a broader truth across the Arab world, according to Achour.
“This is in fact very telling of how Islamist governments in the Arab world are strongly supported by people.”
Supporters of Morsi today gathered in Cairo after Friday prayers to demand his return to power and reject military rule. The army opened fire on people, killing at least three, according to the BBC.
“Such protests are noble messages the Egyptian people send to the world,” Achour said. “For this reason a movement like Tamarod in Tunisia will face the same rejection.”