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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