Two years since President Kaïs Saïed of Tunisia adopted sweeping powers, hundreds of his opponents have held demonstrations in the capital, Tunis.

In 2021 Mr Saïed sacked the government and suspended parliament – before later enfeebling the judiciary and arresting many of his critics.

Chanting “down with the coup” the protesters demanded the release of around 20 opposition politicians as well as journalists, activists and lawyers, most of whom have been charged with conspiring against the state.

Rights groups have described the arrests as a witch hunt.

An uprising in the North African country helped trigger the so-called Arab Spring in 2011 – and it was the region’s sole democracy to emerge from the uprisings.

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