One Big Thing: Do you support pro-democracy protests in Tunisia?
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Over the weekend, Tunisian President Kais Saied fired Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and suspended the parliament for a month. Saied was supported by the military who surrounded parliament, imposed a nighttime curfew, and have banned gatherings of more than three people. Many experts have characterized the attack on parliament as a coup as Saied now controls the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government. This pivot seeks to reestablishing the same type of authoritarian government the Arab Spring revolution ousted a decade ago. In response, Tunisian citizens have taken to the streets to show their support for either the president or the prime minister.
Tunisia has been in turmoil since the 2011 Arab Spring revolutions swept the country. Since, the country has faced troubling economic decline as government leaders have been unable to deliver solutions for the rampant unemployment, poverty, inflation, and poor social services. Recently, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have thrust the economy and healthcare system to the brink of collapse, creating public unrest with the current administration.
Historically, countries that experienced revolutions fueled by the Arab Spring movement have seen violent civil war subsequently ensue. Syria, Yemen and Libya have been undone by highly publicized civil wars and many fear that Tunisia is on the same path.
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