Protesters on Saturday, clashed with the Tunisian police during a march against President Kais Saied’s seizure of political power over four months ago.
Hundreds of police had blocked the area where thousands of protesters were gathering on Sunday to demand that Saied restore the parliament and normal democratic rule.
Protest leader Jawher Ben Mbarek said, “We are under one-man rule since July 25, we will stay here until they open the roads and end the siege.”
“Shut down Kais Saied” and “Freedom! Freedom! End the police state!” protesters chanted as they pulled down barriers obstructing the roads leading to the parliament building at the capital’s Bardo palace, leading to clashes.
Saied seized nearly all powers in July, suspending the parliament and dismissing the government in a move his critics called a coup, before installing a new prime minister and announcing he could rule by decree.
The president said his actions were needed to end governmental paralysis after years of political squabbling and economic stagnation, and has promised to uphold rights and freedoms won in the 2011 revolution that brought democracy.
His moves appeared to have widespread popularity and thousands of his supporters gathered for a rally to back him last month.
However, several prominent politicians have been arrested and hundreds have faced travel bans, while a former president living outside Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki, faces prosecution for his verbal attacks on Saied.