‘People are hungry’: Why Tunisia’s youth are taking to the streets

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Unemployment – especially among the young – falling living standards and lockdowns have sparked riots across the cradle of the Arab Spring, reports the Guardian.

I have said it numerous times, and people usually get upset: The revolution in Tunisia has failed (co-opted).

Yes, they didn’t witness massacres (thankfully) like Egypt, Syria and elsewhere. They have relatively fair elections. But the two main factors that triggered the revolt (police repression and social inequalities) remain unchanged, if not worsened.

It’s interesting also to follow the coverage of Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabi of the recent protests. They have been focusing largely on the “sabotage and destruction of public property,” adopting the conspiratorial narrative of the Tunisian state re “outside forces exploiting the Tunisian youth” etc. 

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