Tunisia continues to struggle post-revolution

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Seven years ago, the Jasmin revolution triumphed in Tunis and President Ben Ali flew to exile in Saudi Arabia. It only took a few weeks to topple the regime. At the time, protesters took to the streets to demand “dignity”, “employment” and “freedom”.In 2018, the claims remain mostly the same as evidenced by latest events. Today, Tunisians are free to elect their political representatives. Above all, the wall of fear that had long incarcerated them has fallen. ...

Christian Chesnot

Violent protests resume in Tunisia after two days of calm

Monday, 15 January 2018

Violent protests erupted again on Sunday in two areas of the capital Tunis and another town after a relatively calm two days, the latest protests in the country against austerity measures.After nearly a week of at times violent protests, police used tear gas against dozens of young protesters in the Ettadamen district of Tunis in renewed demonstrations over a tax hike.A Reuters witness saw youths around 20 years old throwing stones at police cars and setting fire to tires before security forces ...

Seven years after Arab Spring, how Tunisia has charted its own course

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Being half English and half Tunisian, living in Dubai, and travelling back home for at least three months every year, I remember the despair that was felt in the country during the uprising and indeed following the revolution in 2011. Each conversation we engaged in, whether with family or taxi drivers, was centralized around what was happening and the effect that it was having on the country. However, what resonated with me was the belief and the utter strength that Tunisians showed during this ...

Tunisian protests mark seven years since revolution

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Tunisia, shaken by days of nationwide unrest over price hikes, is marking seven years on Sunday since the North African nation drove out its long-time autocratic ruler. Tunisians are calling for peaceful protests on the anniversary to tell the country’s new leaders that they have failed to fix problems that stirred the revolution. President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fled into exile on January 14, 2011, transforming the country into a budding democracy that inspired the Arab Spring. Now, ...

Tunisia regains total calm after three nights of unrest

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Friday was totally quiet, in Tunisia, after three nights of unrest. On Thursday, unrest was limited to sporadic clashes in very few cities and Friday night was totally calm, after just around 200 people protested peacefully in the capita, according to the interior ministry. Tunisian authorities arrested another 150 people including local opposition leaders on Friday, bringing the total detained close to 800 in response to demonstrations this week against price and tax rises. ALSO: Five years on, ...

Tunisia deploys army, makes 300 arrests as violent unrest continues

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Tunisian protesters burned down a regional national security headquarters near the Algerian border, prompting authorities to send in troops after police retreated, witnesses said, as unrest over prices and taxes continued nationwide. Over 300 protesters were arrested overnight and the army was deployed in several cities to help quell violent protests in Tunisia seven years after the overthrow of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in the first of the Arab Spring revolts. In Thala, near the Algerian border, ...

200 arrested, dozens hurt in fresh Tunisia unrest

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

More than 200 people were arrested and dozens hurt during clashes in several parts of Tunisia, the interior ministry said Wednesday, after a second night of unrest driven by anger over austerity measures.Ministry spokesman Khalifa Chibani told local radio that 49 police officers were wounded during clashes across the country and that 206 "troublemakers" were arrested.Properties were damaged, he said, including a branch of the Carrefour supermarket chain in the suburbs of Tunis that was ...

Petrol bombs thrown at Jewish school in Tunisia during anti-government protest

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

A Jewish school in southern Tunisia was hit by petrol bombs during anti government protests, witnesses said on Wednesday. No one was hurt but the school suffered some light damage in the attack late on Tuesday during a violent protest against austerity measures in the tourist resort island of Djerba, the head of the Jewish community, Perez Trabelsi, told Reuters.  

Tunisian PM says difficult economic situation will improve in 2018

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Tunisia's economic is experiencing difficulties but 2018 will be the last year of hardship, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Tuesday after a night of protests against austerity measures."People have to understand that the situation is extraordinary and their country is have difficulties but we believe that 2018 will be the last difficult year for the Tunisians," he told reporters in comments broadcast on local radio.One person was killed on Monday during clashes between security ...

One person killed in anti-government protest in Tunisian town

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

One person was killed on Monday during clashes between security forces and protesters in a Tunisian town, the government said, as demonstrations over rising prices and tax increases spread in the North African country. A man was killed during a protest against government austerity measures in Tebourba, 40 km (25 miles) west of Tunis, the interior ministry said in a statement. He had had chronic breathing problems and died due to suffocation from inhaling tear gas, it said. The protest had turned ...

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