It has been ten years to the day that Tunisian President Ben Ali fled his country under the joy and hope of the Tunisian people. But the Covid-19 pandemic has gone that way, and the time has come to celebrate this unprecedented revolution in the Arab world.
From our special correspondent in Tunis,
It’s not time to party in Tunisia. Since Wednesday midnight, a general confinement has been established in the entire territory, as well as a curfew that runs from kl. 16 to kl. 6 for a period of four days. The Ministry of Health intends to limit the spread of Covid-19 which reached records, resulting in a “very dangerous” situation in the country. Hospitals have warned of the difficulty of finding beds for new cases, despite the creation of temporary hospitals to clean existing structures. Teaching in schools, colleges and faculties is also suspended from 13 to 24 January.
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All cultural and other events are prohibited. Farewell therefore to the gatherings and demonstrations that were to mark the ten years of the revolution. These festivities were not only meant to be symbolic and marked Tunisia’s entry into democracy, but also and perhaps above all demanding. The economic and social situation is deteriorating over time, unemployment is rising, young graduates are exhausted, sit-ins and the occupations of various companies are multiplying.
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Avenue Habib Bourguiba, the place par excellence for the anniversary gatherings of Ben Ali’s fall, should therefore remain empty, a first since 2011. Authorities fear that this holiday, followed by the weekend, will lead to a galloping increase in coronavirus cases. It is true that the barrier measures to fight the virus are far from being respected in the capital Tunis. Wearing a mask is almost non-existent and distance is completely absent. On Wednesday night, residents fled the capital to go and confine themselves to the country, creating huge traffic jams in Tunis and its suburbs.
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Tunisia, which had recorded only about fifty deaths during the first wave, recorded 5,284 deaths and 162,350 cases, an underestimated number as in other countries, as it only includes cases confirmed by tests.
• Tunisia: 10 years after the revolution
A look back at the ten years of the Tunisian revolution with RFI specialties recorded at the Institut français de Tunis (IFT). Next to Nathalie Amar, we find Michel Picard and Lilia Blaise, correspondents for RFI in Tunis, Amélie Tulet, special correspondent, Julien Vandal, editor-in-chief, and Raphael Lazizi, technician.
By their side to analyze the ten years of this revolution:
– Radhi Meddeb, Engineer and Analyst, President of NGO Action et développement solidaire, President of the Financial Center for Entrepreneurs.
– Mohamed Haddad, journalist, one of Le Monde’s correspondents in Tunisia.
– Selim Kharrat, political scientist and president of NGO Al Bawsala
– Thameur Mekki, Editor-in-Chief of Nawaat (since 2017), an independent collective blog founded in 2004 by Tunisian cyber activists.
– Saida Ounissi, Member of the Islamist Ennahdha Party, Member of France’s First Constituency, Former Minister of Employment and Vocational Training.
– and Fadhel Abdelkefi, economist, businessman and Tunisian politician (minister twice) without label until 2019, member of Afek Tounes (social liberal) since 2020.
[ Édition spéciale Tunisie ] 7:10 – 7:40 – Del 1-140121
[ Édition spéciale Tunisie ] 7:40 – 8:00 – Part 2 – 140121
[ Édition spéciale Tunisie ] 8:40 am-9:00am Part 4-140121
[ Édition spéciale Tunisie ] 8:10 – 8:30 Part 3 – 140121