Tunisia: a new political crisis in sight?

Avatar photo

Thousands of people took to the streets of Tunisia on Saturday March 4 to protest against the country’s deteriorating economic conditions. The protests were launched by the Tunisian trade union, the UGTT. He denounces a deep political crisis that has worsened the country’s economic situation since President Kais Saied dissolved parliament and took executive power in 2021.

The UGTT does not advocate violence or terrorism

UGTT General Secretary Noureddine Taboubi addressed the protesters, saying the union would not accept any restrictions on freedoms in Tunisia. He also denounced any act of violence and swore that the UGTT would be on the front line if there was a plot to assassinate the Tunisian president. Taboubi stressed that the union does not advocate violence or terrorism and called for peaceful change through democratic mechanisms.

President Saied increasingly challenged

President Saied hinted at a plot to assassinate him. He continues to take measures aimed at “saving” the country. His detractors accuse him of orchestrating a coup. Tunisia’s ongoing political crisis has further exacerbated the country’s already precarious economic situation, leading to widespread frustration and anger among Tunisians.

President Saied

The president has been using conspiratorial rhetoric since his arrival

Since the July 25, 2021 coup, President Saïed has used conspiratorial rhetoric and is obsessed with foreign interference, as well as Tunisians with ties to foreigners. He also finds himself in a situation where his European interlocutors are putting pressure on Tunisia to curb illegal immigration.

Saïed nurtures and stokes both anti-black and anti-African racist sentiments that have existed for many years. Within the Tunisian political system, MPs who attack their colleagues in parliament are an illustration of how racist hate speech has been unleashed, for example.

Racist hate speech has become commonplace since the 2011 revolution. The only difference today, and this is unprecedented, is that the Head of State has made openly racist remarks based on the theory of “ great replacement” in a public speech.

In November 2022, Emmanuel Macron recalled the fundamental freedoms

Emmanuel Macron had discussed with his Tunisian counterpart the political situation in Tunisia, recalling that “fundamental freedoms” were “intrinsic” To “the democratic acquis” in Tunisia at a time when NGOs denounce a democratic decline since President Saïed’s coup in July 2021.

Kaïs Saïed, who monopolized all the powers, promulgated a voting system considerably reducing the role of the political parties which will take part in the legislative elections on 17th December.

President Said forgets that Tunisia is African as the Afrikaners of South Africa have forgotten. Apartheid must not have free rein.. The rise of racism against blacks in Tunisia and unfortunately in many other countries in the world is really worrying. And in our country, the discrimination in the reception we make between refugees from Ukraine and refugees from African countries (or the Middle East) including some of these countries are at war is not acceptable and should question us…

Catherine Mills Avatar