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Nationwide strike by Tunisia’s public sector workers

Tunisian public sector workers ignored an appeal to limit calls for protest by the Tunisian President Beji Caïd Essebsi on Thursday by turning up in their numbers to continue requests for pay rise.

The general strike of the Tunisian public sector workers was well attended on Thursday.

Clashes in Tunisia as protests spread over journalist who set himself on fire

Clashes between protesters and security forces in an impoverished Tunisian city where a journalist burned himself to death over economic conditions spread to two other towns overnight, authorities said on Wednesday.

In the western city of Kasserine, police fired tear gas at stone-throwing youths in a second night of unrest, an AFP journalist said.

Tunisia: 90% public sector workers on strike

On Thursday November 22, the deputy general secretary of the UGTT (Tunisia General Federation of Workers) reported that the number of public sector workers on strike responding to the appeal of the unions affiliated to the UGTT was close to 90%. Except hospital emergency wards, all the public sectors were at a standstill.

Tunisia: protesting austerity, demanding sovereignty

by Hamza Hamouchene

The recent protests show that Tunisia is still a cauldron of popular resistance against neoliberal and neo-colonial attacks on the country’s sovereignty.

Around 800 people were arrested, dozens were injured and at least one person was killed in a violent police crackdown on the protests that rocked Tunisia for over two weeks in January. The protesters, who stemmed from a wide variety of social and economic backgrounds, took to the streets in response to the government’s announcement of its 2018 budget. A new round of harsh austerity measures are predicted to inflate prices of basic foods, fuel and energy and to further undermine crucial public services such as health care and education.

Tunisia: January, the month of logical revolts

by Fausto Giudice

It was predictable, it was foreseen and it happened: Tunisia exploded from below on Monday, the 8th of January.

In all parts of the country, marginalised youths attacked police stations, supermarkets, authorities – tax centres, municipalities, governorates – and blocked trains, and clashed with police and the military, who made generous use of tear gas. A 43-year-old man, Khomsi Yafreni, was killed in Tebourba on Monday night and his funeral on Tuesday gave rise to further clashes. The Interior Ministry has denied that he was killed by the police. 800 “rioters” were arrested. The reaction of the government and the official media was lamentably unanimous: they did not speak of protests, but of riots instigated by thugs and bandits. “There are no protests at night”, was the sentence issued by Prime Minister Youssef Chahedh, who promised that “2018 will be the last difficult year for Tunisia”. We would like to believe it.