Yassin Ayari’s wife said that about 20 men who claimed to be presidential security personnel used violence while detaining him.
Tunisian security forces arrested a parliamentarian in his home. His wife and lawyer said that after he criticized President Keith Said on Facebook and called his seizure of power a “coup.”
Yassin Ayari, who represents a small party in the parliament, has criticized Said many times before. He said on Sunday Remove the prime minister, Freezing the parliament for one month and saying that he is taking over executive power.
Neither the security forces nor the justice department immediately commented on Ayari’s arrest.
Ayari’s wife, Cyrine Fitouri, told Reuters by phone that about 20 plainclothes men claiming to be members of the president’s security service raided their home early Friday and used violence in arresting him.
“When his mother yelled, they took him away forcibly,” she said, adding that when they took him away, they told the family not to photograph them.
A lawyer representing Ayari told Al Jazeera that plainclothes security forces took the congressman to an unknown destination. He added that Ayari had not been summoned for investigation before.
Said said on Thursday that he would uphold the freedom and rights of Tunisians like the United States. urge He brought the country back to the “democratic path,” and major civil society groups stated that he must uphold the constitution.
His actions seem to have received widespread popular support in Tunisia, where years of poor governance, corruption, political paralysis and economic stagnation have been exacerbated by the surge in COVID-19 cases.
When Said announced the seizure of power on Sunday, he also stated that he would take over the prosecution and cancel the immunity of parliamentarians.
The judiciary, which has declared political independence, said this week that previously Investigate Entering the three parties opposed to Said, investigations have now begun on several legislators.