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PG chairs flag-salute ceremony on Independence Day

Published the:  20/03/2017

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A flag-salute ceremony was held Monday on the 61st anniversary of Independence under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed. The event was held at a hill near Belvedere area.

The national flag was raised on a 65-metre column at the Flag Square which was inaugurated on the occasion.

Lines from Abou Kacem Chebbi, Sghaier Ouled ahmed, Farouk Jouida, Nizar Kabbani and Mahmoud Derwich's poems were inscribed on the monument.

The Flag Square is a symbol and a source of pride for all Tunisians, said Chahed who was accompanied by a government delegation. Its inauguration on Independence Day is meant to remind of the sacrifices of Tunisians, women and men, for the liberation of the country and the edification of a modern State.

Chahed spoke of the suffering endured during three quarters of a century under the colonial rule and urged youths to realise the importance of national sovereignty, especially that “some wanted to hoist another flag instead of the national one.”

The Mayor of Tunis and former student Khaoula Rachidi, who prevented a Salafi student in 2012 from removing the national flag and replacing it by a black one, were also present.