Tunisia is living a very sad anniversary for the ten years of the Revolution: all gatherings are prohibited, and all schools and universities are closed, from Thursday January 14, date of the fall in 2011 of President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, and this until January 24.
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While January 14 is a holiday and a big weekend looms, the authorities have also decided to reconfine the population from January 14 to 17, and to strengthen the curfew in effect from 4 p.m. and until 6 a.m. in the morning. A decision taken after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases, saturated hospitals and a death rate among the highest in the region, according to the WHO. The country of nearly 12 million inhabitants has officially recorded in recent days nearly 2,500 cases and 60 daily deaths.
“Calm the game while social protests erupt”
The Minister of Health Faouzi Mehdi pointed out “Lack of compliance with measures” barriers as being responsible for the dire health situation. But for political scientist Selim Kharrat, four days of confinement is not enough from a scientific point of view. “Is not this half-measure a way for the executive to calm things down while social protests have been breaking out lately in the four corners of the country?” “, he asks. However, he expects “To the expression of a lot of anger on the occasion of the 10e birthday ”.
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The political scientist also notes a form of withdrawal by the government from this commemoration, and the absence of official ceremonies, “Probably because the authorities have nothing more to say to Tunisians: all promises have been made and have not been kept, and the results of the last ten years are disastrous from a socio-economic point of view”.
“Protesting and speaking out makes you feel a little better”
In Tunis, many are resigned to the health and economic crisis that is overwhelming the country. “To redo a revolution is useless, what are we going to gain? “, sighs Rim, a young 28-year-old trader in the center of Tunis. “We saw nothing of the Revolution, we hoped that the situation would improve, but the country is going from bad to worse, life has become more expensive”, she continues.
A few meters away, a bookseller who must close shop during the confinement, draws up a bitter report of the achievements of the Revolution. From now on, she fears the repercussions of this re-containment in the midst of the economic crisis, although she considers it necessary in view of the health situation. She also wonders about this choice of the calendar: “Maybe the authorities are now reconfining because they are afraid of what may happen on January 14, it cannot be a coincidence.” The ten years were obviously a key moment to demonstrate. What she wished she could do: “Protesting and speaking out allows you to feel a little better and to recharge your batteries with positive energy. ”