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(en) ait russia: Social protests in Tunisia [machine translation]

Date Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:13:14 +0200

The notorious "revolutions" with the change of one ruler to another do not solve social problems and only distract people from the struggle for their socio-economic interests. A sad proof of this fact is what is happening in Tunisia, the country where the notorious "Arab Spring" was launched. ---- On the eve of the anniversary of the so-called "revolution" in Tunisia, a 4-day lockdown was introduced. In various cities across the country, protesters erected barricades and fought the state's repressive forces. In some places, people turned to the spontaneous expropriation of goods from stores. ---- According to the German newspaper taz , on the night of January 17 in many cities of Tunisia, there were severe unrest. In Kairouan, Sousse, Hamam Lif and Hai Etadamen, a poor suburb of the capital, hundreds of young people attacked police officers and set fire to tires and trash cans.

"There were the same number of people on the street as in 2011, before the fall of the Ben Ali regime," said an eyewitness from Sousse. A 34-year-old woman watched as a group of young people in Qewartal Houmt al-Qued used heavy tools to break into the entrance to a branch of the Aziza supermarket chain. The iron gates gave way and the police retreated; the supermarket was destroyed. Young people living in the neighborhood filmed what was happening and posted the pictures on Facebook and other social media.

Before the riots, police arrested a large number of men who ignored Thursday's state of emergency. Under the pretext of an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, the government introduced a lockdown in the country. With the closure of cafes, bazaars and individual shops, many young people in poor neighborhoods lost their day jobs.

Officially, the unemployment rate in Tunisia is 16%, but among people under 30 years old it is several times higher. Last week, young people in Hay-Etadhamen told taz that the night curfew, already imposed in December from 20:00, has caused tensions with the police. So far, spontaneous protests have been directed against police action, but there is a possibility that they could result in real social unrest.

On Saturday, a crowd of over 1,000 approached a police station in Hai Etadhamen. The armored vehicles of the National Guard were called. Repressive forces, outnumbered by the protesters, tried to divide the crowd into small groups using tear gas. There were no political slogans, but hatred of the country's political elite on the streets is widespread (Based on materials from https://taz.de/Unruhen-in-Tunesien/!5744564/)

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