Protests Erupt in Cities across Tunisia

January 10, 2018

Geopolitical Monitor

An anti-terrorism protest in Tunisia in July 2014, cc Flickr Magharebia, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

 

Summary

Tunisia is once being enveloped in anti-government protests, and the economic issues fueling them haven’t changed much since 2010.

Tunisia’s Mohamed Bouazizi inadvertently gave rise to the Arab Spring just over seven years ago when he set himself on fire to protest corrupt policemen confiscating his fruit cart. After the subsequent upheaval and overthrow of long-serving president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia made great strides in the political sphere, holding free and fair parliamentary elections in 2011 and adopting a new constitution in 2014. Yet economic relief has remained elusive for the country’s long-suffering citizens, and recent attempts by the government to impose austerity measures have been the spark that can reignite popular discontent.

 

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