Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party Ennahdha announced a protest Saturday in the capital city’s main street, Avenue Habib Bourguiba, to support legitimacy in Egypt and denounce the military coup.
The military’s removal of Mohamed Morsi from the Egyptian presidency was fueled by mass protests encouraged by the Egyptian Tamarod Movement that urged people to sign petitions against Morsi and take their dissatisfaction to the streets.
The news has sparked diverse reactions in Tunisia and across the Arab World.
On July 6, around 200 people gathered in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Tunis to protest the military’s ousting of Morsi in a protest organized by Ennahdha. The demonstration was then broken up by the police for not having a legal permit.
Last week, Ennahdha supporters gathered multiple times to denounce the “unfair” removal of Morsi and the arrest of Mohammed Badie, the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood but Ennahdha has announced additional protests.
“We will protest again this Saturday to denounce the military coup against electoral legitimacy. Morsi was chosen by the people and should not be removed this way. This is totally unacceptable,” Zoubair Chehoudi, a member of Ennahdha’s Shura Council, which determines the party’s policy positions, told Tunisia Live today.
Partisans of the Congress For Republic (CPR) and Wafa Movement will also join the Saturday protest.
The pro-Morsi protesters raised signs saying “I choose Morsi because the Egyptians chose him” and “Down, down with military rule.”
“The same words will be repeated during this Saturday’s protest,” says Chehoudi. “We will staunchly continue to support legitimacy and the Muslim Brothers will not be easily removed.”
Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Ennahdha party, has previously addressed pro-Morsi Egyptians in his official Facebook page and insisted they should continue to rebel against what he describes as a military coup d’etat.
According to Mosaique FM, Ghannouchi has asserted that “those who hope to apply the Egyptian scenario in Tunisia are really dreaming.”
The leader of the Leagues for the Protection of the Revolution Mounir Achour, strongly criticized the “unjust” removal of Morsi and asserted last week that the organization is ready to resort to violence to ensure legitimacy in Tunisia.
Anti-Morsi Tunisians celebrated the deposed president’s removal in front of the Egyptian embassy on July 3, raising banners denouncing the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.