Saturday, January 23, 2016

Tunisia imposes nationwide curfew as protests spread

Tunisia imposed a nationwide curfew Friday as protests that coincided with the Arab Spring anniversary spread from the nation’s impoverished heartland to the capital, leading to looting and property destruction.
The indefinite curfew, announced by the Interior Ministry and scheduled to take effect at 8 p.m. local time Friday evening, followed five days of protests and rioting in several cities over widespread unemployment.This week’s unrest underscores the difficulties Tunisia has faced in addressing basic economic needs since 2011, when similar protests drove out its longtime autocratic president and triggered demonstrations that ousted long-serving leaders across the Middle East in a movement known as the Arab Spring.
Tunisia been hailed as the movement’s lone political success story, having established an inclusive democracy and avoided the violence that has riven other Arab Spring countries. Egypt, for instance, is now ruled by the former military chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, whose authoritarian government is cracking down on its critics and has warned against protests on this year’s anniversary of the Arab.

But Tunisia has struggled to revive a stagnating economy and rising unemployment. Unemployment has increased to 15%, from 13% before the revolution, with the rate surging to 30% among young people.
The latest protests broke out last Sunday after a young man in the working-class city of Kasserine killed himself, apparently despondent over being rejected from a list of jobs at the Education Ministry.

Police responded to a sit-in at the city council with tear-gas, prompting demonstrations to grow, said Rabii Gharsalli, an activist based in the city.

In its haste to quell the unrest, the government of Prime Minister Habib Essid on Wednesday announced emergency measures, promising 5,000 new jobs in Kasserine and surrounding towns. The following day, the minister of finance said that the announcement had been made in error and that 5,000 unemployed people would be given job training instead.
The reversal infuriated residents, according to Mr. Gharsalli, who said “people felt betrayed.”
The demonstrations spread to neighboring towns and on Thursday to poor districts in the capital, Tunis, where they turned violent and destructive, witnesses and the Interior Ministry said.

One police officer was killed earlier this week in a car accident while responding to rioting and 20 people have been arrested for violence during protests, the ministry said.

For many Tunisians, this round of demonstrations bears a strong resemblance to the 2011 protests, which erupted near Kasserine. The latest unrest is also occurring at a sensitive time for President Beji Caid Essebsi, a career politician who held prominent positions under successive autocratic regimes.

54 comments:

Farah Oputa said...

Issoriat....

Luciana Chinda said...

Seen

dj banti said...

Ok na

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Na dem sabi, I'm all about my country for now.

Akachi chidi said...

This is seriouS...Believe

BEAUTIFUL9JADELTA said...

BEAUTIFUL9JADELTABABE.. May God help us ohh hmm anyway me am Justsayingmaownohh via ma LATEST tECNF7.
@lindaikeji d lindus am still waiting ohh

Solomon Chukwuka said...

This Arab nations and unrest...

YOUNGBUHARI said...

It is everywhere. They are not alone... Say No to Pro-biafra.

Adejoke fasasi said...

Oga ooo



#Hajia Mufliat

Prisca Chijioke said...

Ok

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freeborn zinalima said...

Imposing curfew will not feed hungry youth imbecilic government every were.
Oh Nigeria youth were are you fools or are you people still shouting scam and sham change una can't define.
This is what Nigeria youth needs to do.terrorist buhari have use them and dump them an still yet they are doing noting.
Youthhhhhhh receive una sight now and stop buhari before its too late.
What a scam government of imbecilic buhari trying to sell Nigeria to Arab country only time will tell.























#sad indeed

Owakah I said...

good 4 them

samson adele said...

Help us oooo Almighty GOD!

G said...

You didn't get the job and you killed yourself....smh. I trust nigerians, you will hustle to push forward no giving up

Samuel Uchenna said...

Wahala evrywhere

BUT Why said...

Power hungry politicians will not listen to the people hence protests rising.Heartless people like Buhari ike nshi.

Tired of hiding under anonymous when I'm actually a LIB addict!

Olivia Ngene said...

Onweghi ebe udo di










#iT wiLL oNLy gET beTTer
#iT mUsT eNd iN prAise

BUT Why said...

Power hungry politicians will not listen to the people hence protests rising.Heartless people like Buhari ike nshi.

Tired of hiding under anonymous when I'm actually a LIB addict!

Ivy Godspower said...

Violence is not the way



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BUT Why said...

Power hungry politicians will not listen to the people hence protests rising.Heartless people like Buhari ike nshi.

Tired of hiding under anonymous when I'm actually a LIB addict!

owakah (A.K.A. Innosometin) said...

GOOD

PETER IFEANYICHUKWU said...

The world is in a chaotic situation which is a clear fulfilment of what Jesus said in Matthew 24. I believe seeking the help of God is our solution

Efy Udosen said...

God help them pls.

Anonymous said...

Endtime happenings. The only solution is faith in christ Jesus. The leaders are confused. Mama fifty.

temitope faizat said...

Okay na

Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

Every countries needs serious prayers.

Nathaniel Shok said...

Is for a good course anyway. May their demands be made.

Rejoice Fapese said...

When will the Nigerian youths wake up? when will this happen in Nigeria? I know some will say rhetorical question abi? long live Nigeria



Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

The leaders don't live up to their promises giving the masses unrest, the masses take to the streets putting the nation in chaos. No peace for the leader and d led

Nwariaku Munachi said...

Signs of the end time

Tundebrown Ademuyiwa said...

Subuhanallah

Preciousp Ginikachukw said...

Destruction to d highest order

stan osita said...

OK. OMALICHA LIL

stan osita said...

OK. OMALICHA LIL

Juliet Iwuno said...

Dats much better. Linda take note!

Charles Okafor said...

Drama galore










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Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Ok

Anonymous said...

Sharp people! they are not like we Nigerians. And Tunis is a beautiful city o, very beautiful country but they fight for their right unlike my people here.

Pesin Pikin said...

Okay

Montel said...

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golda awosika said...

Maghreb






#*karlishah*

tosisochukwu said...

There cup of tea
























































































!brightosman aka fake phyno .#gerarahere

BOXY (A.K.A) common sense said...

Wahala every where God have mercy

BOXY (A.K.A) common sense said...

Wahala every where God have mercy

JAYZSBOSS said...

Oh yeah will that work?

Kosoko Remilekun said...

Say no to violence
#remitekosoko

Iphie Abraham said...

Hmmmmmmmm,na wa o. Peace no just dey anywhere again










LIB ADDICT#just passing#

Jenny Duby said...

Nawa..#LindaConfirm

Vivian Reginalds said...

That's a better decision
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Di Mateo Xavie said...

Trouble everywhere....endtime prophesies manifesting

Eric Nesty aka LIB'S FINEST said...

Ok..

#FINEST

Ogbewe Godfrey said...

Too much trouble in Africa,

izy 2 nv said...

THATS WAT THEY ALL OUT FOR. LOOTING UNDER THE GUISE OF PROTEST.

Chidozie Bruce said...

Mumu u can take d lead 4 dem

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