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Thousands of union members protest in Tunis

Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) members carry banners and flags during a protest to condemn restrictions on union rights and denounce increases in prices, near the prime minister's office in Tunis, Tunisia March 2, 2024. (Photo by Reuters)

Thousands of members of Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) gathered in Kasbah Square in front of the Prime Minister's office on Saturday for the first time in months to defend social dialogue, condemn the restrictions on union rights, and denounce increases in prices. 

Kasbah Square was filled with protesters demanding "Work, freedoms, national dignity" and improvement of the social situation. 

The UGTT, which has about 1 million members, had been a critical voice after the arrest of activists, businessmen and journalists since President Kais Saied seized most powers in 2021 when he closed parliament, a move that the opposition described as a coup.

But the voice of the union, which was widely seen as the biggest force in the country, has been significantly diminished since last year after the arrest of some officials.

(Source: Reuters) 

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