Tunisia

Police fired live rounds during Tunisian rubbish dump protest


Guellala, a small town in the south of the Tunisian island of Djerba, was the scene of violent clashes between police and locals on Saturday. Residents had organised a sit-in to call for the closure of a rubbish dump that has been polluting their area. Since then, the authorities have strongly condemned the violence of the protesters, without mentioning that police fired live bullets. Read more...
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French expats react to embassy closures

 
France has ordered the closure of its embassies, schools, and embassies Friday in 20 countries, mostly in the Muslim world. The French government is worried that these institutions could be targeted during protests against French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s publication of incendiary cartoons representing the Prophet Mohammed. We asked three French expatriates living in Muslim countries what they thought of these measures. Read more…

Sidi Bouzid runs dry after Salafists destroy last remaining bar

 
Tunisia’s western city of Sidi Bouzid is now dry. The last remaining bar was forced to close earlier this week after it was ransacked by a mob of religious extremists. Although the establishment had long been targeted by threats, its owner chose to keep his doors open, believing the local authorities’ promises to protect his business. Read more…
 
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String of cultural events shut down by Islamic extremists: “Where are the police?”

 
Screenshot of a video showing Islamic extremists setting up prayer mats in front of a theatre in Menzel Bourguiba, where the well-known comedian Lotfi Abdelli was supposed to put on a show on Tuesday. Read more...

Are women’s rights in Tunisia under threat?

 
Considered one of the most progressive countries in the Arab world when it comes to women’s rights, Tunisia feted its National Women’s Day on Monday, August 13. This year’s celebrations, however, were marred by a proposed constitutional article, which would define a woman as “complementary” to a man rather than his equal. Read our Observers' reactions…
 

Who is behind the violence in Tunis?

 
Following clashes between rioters and security forces in Tunis over the past two nights, which have resulted in at least one death, residents of the capital are wondering who is truly behind this violence. While many suspect this is the work of Salafi Islamists, who had already attacked an art gallery on Sunday, others say they saw only young troublemakers in the streets. Read more...

Extremist Islamists prohibit alcohol in birthplace of Tunisian revolution

 
Despite the local population’s resistance, Salafist Islamists have succeeded in forcefully shutting down nearly every business that sells alcohol in the southern Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid, best known for being the location of the early protests that sparked the Arab Spring. Read more…

'Wounded of the Tunisian revolution' still waiting for treatment, compensation

 
More than a year after former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled his country, Tunisians are still tending to their wounds. Literally. On Monday, a number of people who were injured in the revolution forced their way into the Ministry of Human Rights to demand treatment and compensation. Read more…

Tunisian newspaper publishes photoshopped image of protests

 
Between 8,000 and 10,000 people protested in the streets of Tunis Saturday to denounce extremism and violence. But apparently that number wasn’t big enough for some. On its front page, the daily newspaper Le Maghreb published a photograph photoshopped to add more protesters to the crowd. Read more...

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