Pro-regime ralliers in Tunisia denounce opposition’s planned strike (PHOTOS)

Pro-regime ralliers in Tunisia denounce opposition’s planned strike (PHOTOS)

Published: 09 December, 2012, 12:42

Pro-government Islamists shout slogans during a demonstration against the UGTT labour union, which has called for a general strike demanding the removal of the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party, in Tunis December 8, 2012.(Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi)

Pro-government Islamists shout slogans during a demonstration against the UGTT labour union, which has called for a general strike demanding the removal of the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party, in Tunis December 8, 2012.(Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi)

Tens of thousands turned out in Tunisia to protest a mass strike planned by the country’s most powerful labor union, aimed at the stagnant economy and police abuses. Similar discontent toppled President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali two years ago.

­The rallies across Tunisia were led by imams who urged the dissolution of the UGTT, as well as the implementation of the Sharia law, AP reported.

The UGTT is set to stage its mass strike on December 13.

The moderate Islamist ruling Ennahda Party and the Union are in opposition over economic problems, unemployment and reported police abuses. However, many hardline Tunisian Muslims criticize the Ennahda party for being too moderate.

Mainly Tunisian Ennahda Islamist party supporters shout slogans as they march along Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the capital Tunis, on December 8, 2012.(AFP PHOTO / Khalil)
Mainly Tunisian Ennahda Islamist party supporters shout slogans as they march along Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the capital Tunis, on December 8, 2012.(AFP PHOTO / Khalil)

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Riot police officers walk during a demonstration staged by pro-government Islamists against the UGTT labour union, which has called for a general strike demanding the removal of the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party, in Tunis December 8, 2012.(Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi)
Riot police officers walk during a demonstration staged by pro-government Islamists against the UGTT labour union, which has called for a general strike demanding the removal of the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party, in Tunis December 8, 2012.(Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi)

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Riot police officers stand guard during a demonstration by pro-government Islamists against the UGTT labour union, which has called for a general strike demanding the removal of the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party, in Tunis December 8, 2012.(Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi)
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­In the capital Tunis, hundreds demonstrated in front of the former headquarters of the RCD Party of ousted Tunisian President Ben Ali in a show of solidarity with the government. They held signs condemning corruption and the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT), a major opposition force in the country, local news website Tunisia-live.net reported.

“We are here to demand a law in Tunisia’s new constitution that protects our revolution,” a member of the local committee in Kram of the National League for the Protection of the Revolution told the media outlet.

Mainly Tunisian Ennahda Islamist party supporters shout slogans as they march along Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the capital Tunis, on December 8, 2012.(AFP PHOTO / Khalil)
Mainly Tunisian Ennahda Islamist party supporters shout slogans as they march along Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the capital Tunis, on December 8, 2012.(AFP PHOTO / Khalil)

­The rallies across Tunisia were led by imams who urged the dissolution of the UGTT, as well as the implementation of the Sharia law, AP reported.

The UGTT is set to stage its mass strike on December 13.

The moderate Islamist ruling Ennahda Party and the Union are in opposition over economic problems, unemployment and reported police abuses. However, many hardline Tunisian Muslims criticize the Ennahda party for being too moderate.

Mainly Tunisian Ennahda Islamist party supporters shout slogans as they march along Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the capital Tunis, on December 8, 2012.(AFP PHOTO / Khalil)
Mainly Tunisian Ennahda Islamist party supporters shout slogans as they march along Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the capital Tunis, on December 8, 2012.(AFP PHOTO / Khalil)

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Riot police officers walk during a demonstration staged by pro-government Islamists against the UGTT labour union, which has called for a general strike demanding the removal of the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party, in Tunis December 8, 2012.(Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi)
Riot police officers walk during a demonstration staged by pro-government Islamists against the UGTT labour union, which has called for a general strike demanding the removal of the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party, in Tunis December 8, 2012.(Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi)

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Riot police officers stand guard during a demonstration by pro-government Islamists against the UGTT labour union, which has called for a general strike demanding the removal of the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party, in Tunis December 8, 2012.(Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi)
Riot police officers stand guard during a demonstration by pro-government Islamists against the UGTT labour union, which has called for a general strike demanding the removal of the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party, in Tunis December 8, 2012.(Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi)

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