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Tunisian activists struggle to rein in police power

Tunisians eager for justice and reform are fighting another bill to increase the powers of the country's already virtually untouchable police force.
A Tunisian policeman stands guard in central Tunis during a rally marking the ninth anniversary of the 2011 uprising on Habib Bourguiba Avenue on January 14, 2020. (Photo by FETHI BELAID / AFP) (Photo by FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images)

After years of unchallenged dominance within Tunisia's security debate, there are are growing signs that the power enjoyed by the country's police force and its unions may be waning. 

In recent months, growing public resistance to new security laws and a campaign by the country's powerful lawyers association, along with a perceived decline in the terror threat, may finally be about to check the power of the country's police.

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