Tunisian union holds biggest protest yet

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STORY: Many thousands of protesters filled Habib Bourguiba Avenue, the main street in central Tunis, in a show of strength following a recent crackdown.

They were marching after weeks of arrests targeting prominent opponents of Saied, who has staged his first major crackdown since he seized wide-ranging powers in 2021, shutting down parliament and moving to rule by decree.

UGTT leader Noureddine Taboubi said" “We will not have repression and will not have tyranny, whatever the costs."

Opponents say it is increasingly clear that Saied is dismantling the democraacy won in the 2011 revolution that triggered the Arab Spring.

Saied has denied his actions are a coup, saying they were legal and necessary to save Tunisia from chaos.