The protests this year began on the 10th anniversary of the resignation of long-time president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali during the Arab Spring protests. The protests were heavily repressed by the police leading to more anger on the streets
In the 10 years since the Arab Spring, while democracy has functioned in Tunisia at a procedural level, it has not met the aspirations of the people, especially the youth
According to the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights, the country saw more than 6,500 protests last year alone over the many socio-economic and political issues afflicting the people
The protesters were opposing increasing police brutality and the announcement of fresh lockdown measures on Thursday. Protests took place in at least 10 cities across the country
Ennahda, the largest party in the ruling coalition, had moved a motion of no confidence in Fakhfakh citing clash of interest due to allegations of the prime minister holding shares in companies getting government contracts worth USD 15 million.
Local trade unions in the country’s southern province of Tataouine have called for a general strike on June 22, Monday, against state brutality and in support of their demands
Workers demanded adequate support from the government and protection from the economic distress caused by the lockdown. The countrywide shutdown has left a large number of people in the country without work