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Fifteen Tunisian soldiers were killed on July 16 on Mount Chaambi near the Algerian border, the deadliest assault on army personnel in nearly a year.The National Union of the Interior Security Forces, the most prominent police union established after the 2011 uprising, had been demanding his immediate release.Such acts of intimidation have been on the rise in Tunisia; there were a total of 101 reported police and army attacks on journalists between April and August 2014 and dozens more examples of police abuses and illegal practices against ordinary citizens as part of the counterterrorism campaign launched last August.Jomaa drew on an outdated 1975 law instead of following the newer, post-revolution Law Number 88 of 2011, which stipulates that only judges have the authority to order the suspension or dissolution of an association.As Tunisia's technocratic government strives to contain the terror threat, the country's political actors are battling to gain control of the terrorism narrative.The absolutist security state stance of Tunisia's old elites is more likely to undermine freedoms than improve security, and thus upholding rather than undermining the country's fragile democratic laws is critical.
Nidaa Tounes is showing signs of fraying
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