Blog archive: Tunisia

  • 2nd January 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There are calls for a general strike in Tunisia tomorrow (Monday), according to various posts on Twitter. Meanwhile, more and more videos are appearing on the nawaat blog showing protests around the country. I was particularly fascinated by one video showing a small but...
  • 1st January 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Tunisian regime seems to be clutching at straws. Yesterday, the official news agency reported that six local organisations, including the Road Traffic Association and the Professional Association of Banks, have congratulated President Ben Ali on hisrecent speech. They allegedly...
  • 31st December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    "If it was happening in Iran instead of Tunisia, it would be on the front pages of all the newspapers." Complaints of this kind about coverage of the Tunisian uprising keep appearing on the internet – many of them suggesting that editors around the world are protecting Ben Ali's regime from...
  • 28th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Tunisian demonstrators confront the police by singing the national anthem    With the disturbances in Tunisia showing no sign of abating, President Ben Ali decided to address his people on television last night. But his seven-minute speech, also relayed to the wider Arab world...
  • 27th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Demonstrations continued in Tunisia over the weekend and have now entered their second week – an extraordinary development in Ben Ali's police state. Here is a YouTube video showing protests outside a government building in Kairouan, 120km north-west of Sid Bouzid, and here isanother...
  • 26th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
        Protests in Tunisia spread to the capital, Tunis, yesterday when human rights activists, trade unionists and students held a demonstration in the Place Mohamed Ali in solidarity with the people of Sid Bouzid. The nawaat.org website has videos and photographs....
  • 25th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A teenage protester was shot dead by police yesterday as rioting continued in Tunisia.  Demonstrators in Menzel Bouzaiene reportedly set fire to three police cars, a train locomotive, the local headquarters of the ruling Constitutional Democratic Rally party and a national guard...
  • 24th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
        Following an "incident" in the town of Sid Bouzid, Tunisia issued a statement to clarify "the groundless rumours spread by certain sides". It said: "The matter has to do with a procedure carried out by the city of Sidi Bouzid’s municipal regulations services,...
  • 9th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    "By many measures, Tunisia should be a close US ally. But it is not." That was the blunt message from the American ambassador in Tunis, in a document released by Wikileaks. It was written by the departing ambassador, Robert Godec, in July last year, apparently as a briefing for his...
  • 5th December 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In Tunisia, 30-year-old Mohamed Sakhr El-Matri is increasingly viewed as a possible successor to his dictatorial father-in-law, President Ben Ali. The American ambassador in Tunis met him last year and wrote a report marked "secret" which has now been published by Wikileaks: El-Matri...
  • 30th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    At the end of his 
  • 20th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The latest issue of the Tunisian weekly, al-Mawqif, has disappeared from the news-stands – apparently confiscated by government agents. There has been no court order (which would make the seizure legal) and the government denies taking action against the paper, though witnesses ...

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