Tunisia descends into turmoil


Members of the leftist UGTT union, background, react during clashes with League members<br />
Foto:Amine Landoulsi/AP/dapd<br />

Middle East

Two years after the ‘Arab Spring’ revolution in Tunisia, the country is in turmoil. The economy is paralyzed, and the political, religious and social gulf between Islamists and the secular opposition is growing wider.

Hundreds of people have been hurt in protests since the end of November. In the Northern town of Siliana supporters of Tunisia’s largest trade union UGTT protested against police abuse and social grievances. In the course of several days, more than 300 people were hurt in clashes with security forces.

In the Tunisian capital Tunis, radical Islamists attacked members of the UGTT, who were gathered outside the union’s headquarters on December 4 to mark the 60th anniversary of the assassination of its founder.

Elsewhere in the country the situation is tense. Two years after the beginning of the rebellion that became known as the ‘Arab Spring’, the country has still not found peace. The self-immolation of a Tunisian vegetable vendor triggered the initial wave of discontent and protests that quickly spread across the Middle East.

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6 Responses to Tunisia descends into turmoil

  1. Divided between islamic revivalists and islamic secularists, chaos will rule all the arab-spring countries. They will most likely try an attack on Israel as a kind of public diversion from the internal problems and call on union based in “patriotism of the ummah”. Very few secularists will be able or willing to refuse that option.

    A kind of soft and highly unstable caliphate led by Turkey, and funded by the US and Saudi-Arabia, will take shape.

  2. Richard says:

    With Obama in office I don’t know how soft the Caliphate will be, other then that I agree with every word.

    Take a look at China, its economy is worse then the US and there is massive social unrest, they are probably going to use foreign military adventures to keep the people quiet.

  3. By “soft” I mean only soft or loose in structure, not soft in jihad or general violence against nonmuslims-women-gays and so on.

  4. Richard says:

    Thank you I didn’t understand what you were saying, in this I agree the structure will have to be soft to keep all Islamic nations in the Caliphate but they will also probably institute some form of Jihad tax.

  5. BL@KBIRD says:

    It would be nice to see masses of Tunisians set themselves on fire to get their points across.

  6. Richard says:

    Tactics like that work only when the government cares about people or their image, the MB cares about neither.

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