Tunisia: suicide protest and general strike

Summary: a suicide recalls the spark of the Arab Spring. One day general strike, government caught in the austerity trap. Security improved and tourism up.

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  1. The sad truth of Tunisia today is that UGTT could have been a force for good, which helps build democracy if, after 2011, it had created a left wing party and separated political from union activities. Its demagoguery, asking for salary increases for a civil service bloated by tens of thousands of new and often incompetent recruits since 2011 the country cannot afford to pay, is breath taking. Turning the IMF into a scapegoat is easy but what is most sad is that young Tunisians abstain massively in elections and an estimated 200,000 qualified young men and women have escaped abroad since 2011. Free elections do not spell democracy in the absence of a reform of the judicial system and cutting back the extraordinarily high levels of red tape that passes for government regulation in Tunisia. The political class is utterly discredited: democracy has very shallow roots in Tunisia. sadly UGTT leaders today are not even a pale shadow of the union’s leader, Ferhat Hached, who was murdered by the extreme right wing French La main Rouge during the fight for independence in 1952. The man who back in 1948 founded the second oldest trade union in Africa after South Africa would be ashamed of the utter irresponsibility of his successors.

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