Protesters are calling on President Kayes Saeed to resign after declaring his rule.
Hundreds of protesters have gathered in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, to protest President Kaysado’s move to seize power.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Sunday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
With the exception of many provisions of the 2014 constitution, Saad gave the power to rule himself by decree on Wednesday, two months after he fired the prime minister, adjourned parliament and took executive power.
Around 20 countries and human rights groups in Tunisia issued a statement on Saturday condemning the move as a “seizure of power”.
The signatories argued that the decree, which strengthens the powers of the president’s office over the prime minister and parliament, is “no doubt repealing the constitutional order … the first step towards authoritarianism.”
This is the second protest since Saeed dismissed the government and adjourned parliament on July 25.
However, Said’s move has the sensitivities of a large section of the population, who see it as necessary to tackle political paralysis, economic stagnation and a weak response to the coronavirus epidemic.
Sheriff El Qadi, a former parliamentary official, told Al Jazeera that the protests were a sign that Sayed’s actions were hated as much as they were accepted.
“I think these protests will continue to gain momentum depending on the economic situation,” he said.
“It is very clear that Tunisians are upset with the political elite 10 years after the revolution,” he added. That’s why they have relied on former law professor Sayed.
However, discontent could lead to more protests in the coming weeks and months, he said.
Tunisia’s largest political party, the moderate Islamist Ennadh, called Sayed’s actions a “coup d’etat against democratic legitimacy” and called on the people to “unite in a tireless peaceful struggle” to defend democracy.
Ennadha himself has been embroiled in internal controversy since the party’s 113 senior members announced their resignations on Saturday. They blamed party chief Rashid Ghannuchi and his entourage for failing to form a united front to oppose Syed and address the country’s political crisis.