Following the 1967 war, anti-Jewish riots spread in Tunisia as well as attacks on western interests and embassies . The movement, however, was soon to assume a more mature political character, with students coming in the forefront. Strikes and demonstrations continued over the following year by the students, with support of the lecturers against state repression . The government noted the militant intervention of Communists and Maoists in the events . It also stepped in more than once to ban demonstrations in support of the Vietnamese struggle and the French students during the May Parisian uprising . Maoism became a dominant force in the Tunisian universities, drawing its main inspiration from the French student movement . The radicalization reached the peak by the 1970s, to explode into a workers’ uprising led by the trade unions against the government in 1978, that was put down brutally by the security services and the army.
1] Arab Report And Record, London, 1-15 June 1967: 196.
2] Arab Report And Record, London, 16-31 March 1968: 79; 1-15 April 1968: 95-6.
3] Arab Report And Record, London, 1-15 August 1968: 229; 1-15 September 1968: 266.
4] Arab Report And Record, London, 16-31 May 1968: 138; 16-30 November 1967: 368.
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