The ban on protests on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, the central thoroughfare in Tunis, was lifted by Tunisian Minister of the Interior Ali Laayaredh today.
The decision was taken at today's meeting of the Ministerial Council, an assembly of Tunisia's ministers. A source from the Minister of the Interior confirmed the news and said that the people are free to protest now but according to certain conditions.
Aida Kelibi, an official from the Prime Ministry's office, clarified those conditions, stating that protesters need to request permission, follow a strict timetable, and be orderly and responsible.
Kelibi stated that the conditions were the same as before, and added that the decision to allow protests again came from Ali Laarayedh himself.
The decision to ban protests on Habib Bourguiba Avenue was made on March 28. On Martyrs Day, April 9, protesters attempted to demonstrate on the avenue and police reacted violently using clubs and tear gas to disperse the protest.
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