Tunisia in State of Emergency
Posted on: 2015-07-09 Posted by: CLAT Gurukul Category: Archive Blog
Tunisia has declared a state of emergency amid warnings the country could collapse following the beach massacre in which 38 tourists - including 30 Britons - were gunned down. In a television address to the nation announcing that a state of emergency would be reinstated, President Beji Caid Essebsi said "exceptional measures" were now needed. The decision gives the Tunisian army and police more powers and could be used to limit the right to public assembly, the right to strike and the freedom of the press. The state of emergency has been declared for a 30-day period which may be extended. The beach massacre was the second terrorist attack on a tourist attraction in Tunisia this year. On 18 March, 22 people, including 17 Europeans, were killed by two gunmen while visiting the Bardo National Museum in Tunis. Isis has claimed responsibility for both attacks and the gunmen from both are believed to have trained in a Libyan jihadist camp run by the Ansar al-Sharia militia group. Source: The Telegraph
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