Nabil Karoui: Tunisia’s media mogul, politician released on bail

Business tycoon was arrested twice on money laundering and tax evasion charges that date back to 2017. Tunisian authorities have released a media-mogul-turned-politician on bail after he spent two months in jail on money laundering and tax evasion charges. “The judge decided to release Nabil Karoui on bail of 10 million dinars ($3.7m). He must […]

Tunisia demonstrators defy lockdown to protest police brutality

Rally held to mark the anniversary of the 2013 killing of a prominent activist and to protest against police abuses. Hundreds of protesters backed by Tunisia’s powerful labour union gathered in central Tunis on Saturday, defying a police lockdown that blocked roads in a large area of the capital. The rally was held to mark […]

‘Police everywhere, justice nowhere’: Hundreds protest in Tunisia

More than 1,000 people arrested in Tunisia over past two weeks in protests against corruption and police brutality. Hundreds of Tunisians marched in the capital on Saturday to protest against police abuses they say are endangering freedoms won in the 2011 revolution that swept away authoritarian rule. Hundreds of riot police confronted the demonstrators, leading […]

The social media myth about the Arab Spring

In the aftermath of the January 6 right-wing insurrection on Capitol Hill in Washington, the role social media played in these events came into the media spotlight in the United States. For years, fringe ideologues had used online platforms undisturbed to promote their extreme ideologies and conspiracies and recruit a large number of sympathisers to […]

Police fire water cannon as Tunisians march on parliament

Tunisian riot police on Tuesday turned water cannon on protesters outside the heavily barricaded parliament as they tried to quell the largest rally yet since demonstrations began this month over inequality and police abuses. Hundreds of protesters marched from the Ettadhamen district of the capital where young people have clashed nightly with police for more […]

Clashes break out in Tunisia after protester dies of injuries

Angry residents fired projectiles at police and blocked roads in the town of Sbeitla after the death of the protester. A Tunisian protester injured during clashes with police has died in hospital, state media reported, leading to more violent confrontations between demonstrators and security services in the town of Sbeitla about three hours south of […]

Analysis: ‘The heartbroken march on’: The uprisings are not over

Ten years ago, the fabric of a world order began to split apart. The ripping sounds first heard in Sidi Bouzid and Tahrir Square were the beginnings of a tear which would reverberate across the world, from New York to Hong Kong, precipitating a generational collapse in trust in the political system. By the end […]

Tunisian border traders, smugglers struggle to survive amid COVID

Southeast Tunisia – In Ben Guerdane, a town in Tunisia’s far southeast straddling marshes, the sea, and the Libyan border, rows of stalls selling smuggled fuel sit shuttered. Only one stall is open. Out front, Tarek sits in a burnous, a woollen hooded Tunisian cloak. Behind him, plastic jerrycans full of diesel are stocked in […]

Protests continue in Tunisia as gov’t bans gatherings

Tunisians march against police brutality, inequality, as government bans gatherings amid surge in COVID-19 cases. Hundreds of people marched in the Tunisian capital on Saturday to protest police repression, corruption and poverty, following several nights of unrest marked by clashes and arrests. Protesters in Tunis chanted “No more fear, the streets belong to the people” […]

‘Social justice and work’: Tunisians rise up again

Ettadhamen, Tunisia – Ten years after Tunisians rose up against poverty and autocracy and removed a dictator, demonstrators are again demanding the social and economic reforms they were promised. “We are out on the streets because we want social justice and work,” explained Chabib from Ettadhamen, a densely populated working-class district on the outskirts of […]

Tunisia: IMF urges deficit control even as protesters demand jobs

The international lender says the country must clearly stipulate measures to cut down its huge fiscal deficit. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned Tunisia’s fiscal deficit could exceed 9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and urged the country to control energy subsidies, transfers to state companies and wages, even as protesters demand jobs and […]

Tunisia mothers decry wave of ‘arbitrary’ arrests after unrest

Mothers in the Tunisian capital are accusing authorities of arbitrarily arresting their children in response to nearly a week of unrest, with rights groups saying at least 1,000 people have been arrested. “The policeman shoved the door of my building and arrested my son. My neighbours witnessed it,” Meriem Ben Salem said after six nights […]

Rights groups say 1,000 arrested in Tunisia protests

Activists say many arrests made ‘arbitrary’ including of people who were taken from inside their homes. Tunisian security forces have arrested at least 1,000 people during six nights of protests, human rights and other non-government groups said. The North African country, where the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened already acute economic pain, has seen youths hurl […]

Tunisians rally to demand release of detained protesters

Daytime protests in recent days have been followed by nighttime violence, with COVID-19 restrictions compounding a wider economic malaise. Tunisians are protesting the detention of hundreds of young demonstrators arrested over several nights of disturbances, demanding their release and venting their anger against the government’s handling of a deepening social crisis. Approximately 100 people rallied […]

Tunisia’s burgeoning youth-led protests in 700 words

A growing groundswell of youth unrest, tapping into a well of economic frustration, is sweeping Tunisia and worrying its leadership all the way to the top. It is, after all, the country that triggered the 2011 Arab Spring revolutions. A third of the North African nation’s young people are unemployed – and many are angry […]

‘The whole system must go’: Tunisians rally for fifth night

Protesters and security forces clash in several cities as President Kais Saied, PM Hichem Mechichi urge restraint. Tunisian protesters have clashed with police for the fifth night in several cities, including the capital Tunis and Sidi Bouzid, cradle of the Arab Spring uprisings, as anger and frustration mount over economic hardship deepened by the pandemic. […]

In Pictures: Tunisian troops quell unrest with force

Hundreds of youths have clashed with police in cities across Tunisia, throwing stones and petrol bombs in the capital as security forces fired tear gas and water cannon to try to quell the unrest. Rioting and protests have followed the 10th anniversary of a revolution that brought democracy but few material gains for most Tunisians, with […]

Tunisia President Saied urges protester restraint on 4th day

Tunisian leader tells protesters in Tunis suburb to not let looters exploit their ‘poverty and misery’. Demonstrators in Tunisia protested for the fourth-consecutive day against the worsening social and economic crisis in the country as the president showed up at one rally and told them to stop. Blocking streets and setting barricades on fire on […]

Tunisia deploys army to help quell days-long unrest

Security forces’ deployment comes after mass arrests and days of violent protests by youth in various cities across the country. Tunisia has deployed military units to help quell days-long social unrest that saw violent protests by young people in various cities, as demonstrators took to the streets to demand the release of hundreds of people […]

Tunisia: Protests over moribund economy spread to a dozen cities

Fighting broke out between Tunisian police and protesters in the capital Tunis and at least 15 cities for the third consecutive day as youths demonstrated against the unprecedented economic crisis the country faces. Police swooped in as shops and banks were looted and vandalized on Sunday, arresting “dozens” of youths, according to state news agency […]

Tunisia arrests dozens as protests break out for second night

Tunisian authorities say they arrested at least 240 youths as violent clashes between police and protesters broke out. Riots and violent clashes between Tunisian police and protesters broke out on Sunday in the capital Tunis and several other cities for the second consecutive day, while security forces arrested dozens of young people. The disturbances came […]

A decade after revolution, Tunisia’s women face an uphill battle

Tunis, Tunisia – Ten years ago, Tunisian women poured onto the streets to help overthrow autocratic leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali after nearly 20 years in power, and, for some, to denounce the patriarchal nature of Tunisia’s political sphere. “During the 2011 uprising, we dreamt big,” longtime women’s rights activist Neila Zoghlami recalled with […]

Protests erupt in Tunisian cities amid anger over poor economy

Witnesses in Sousse say security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of angry protesters blocking roads. Violent protests broke out in several Tunisian cities, including the capital Tunis and the coastal city of Sousse, as anger mounts over economic hardship. The demonstrations on Saturday night come as Tunisia marks the tenth anniversary of the […]

Tunisian PM appoints new ministers in cabinet reshuffle

Hichem Mechichi names a dozen new cabinet members, including interior, justice, energy and health ministers. Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi has appointed 12 new ministers in a cabinet reshuffle announced amid rising political tensions and a major economic crisis. Mechichi on Saturday named Walid Dhabi as the new interior minister replacing Taoufik Charfeddine, who is […]