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Who is the new Tunisian President Qais Said?

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Quds News Agency: The dust of the election campaign has eased towards the Carthage Palace, with the victory of the Tunisian candidate, Qais Saeed, presided over by the Tunisian Republic. Who is the owner of the saying, “We are at war with the Zionist entity and normalization is a wrong description, but is a great betrayal of the homeland?”

Birth and upbringing

Qais Saeed was born on February 22, 1958 in Tunis, and holds a certificate of in-depth studies in public international law from the Faculty of Law and Political Science, and also holds a diploma of the International Academy of Constitutional Law, and another diploma from the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy.

Said started his career in 1986 as a lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Economic and Political Sciences in Sousse, then he taught in 1999 at the Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences in Tunis.

Said between 1989 and 1990 became the decision of two committees to amend the draft Arab League Charter and the draft statute for the Arab Court of Justice.

Qais Said father of three children, also worked as an expert with the Arab Institute for Human Rights from 1993 to 1995, and after two years he was a member of the Scientific Council and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Constitutional Law, and he is also president of the Tunis Center for Constitutional Law for Democracy (independent).

Normalization is a great betrayal

The new Tunisian president says during a televised debate a few days before the elections: “We are at war with the Zionist entity … The natural state is that we are at war with a usurper entity that has displaced people and still occupies Arab land”, stressing that the word normalization is wrong, and the precise term is “The greatest betrayal of the homeland.”

Flashes of thought

Qais Saeed introduces himself as an independent, and tends to some conservative ideas, as some believe that he is attached to the religious authority, and they cited this by standing against the law presented by the late Tunisian President Essebsi, as Saeed rejects equality between men and women in the inheritance, and stressed that he will not work to interpret a Quranic text And the issue is settled, frank and clear in it, and there is no need for interpretation, “We are neither a waste nor a garden, but a state,” according to Saeed.

Others cited his Islamic reference with his previous tweet via “Twitter”, as he reviewed the name of Omar Bin Al-Khattab as an example of justice and freedom, and Saeed said in his tweet: “Tunisians prepared justice, freedom and the rule of law along the lines of Al-Faruq Omar bin Al-Khattab, who is considered a statesman with distinction and a role model. In firmness and justice. “

It is calculated that the new Tunisian President, Qais Said, refused to start his election campaign, after the Tunisian authorities detained his opponent and rival in the elections, Nabil Karoui.

نقلت تقارير إعلامية عن قيس سعيد بأنه “لا يحب البروتوكولات، ولن يسكن في قصر قرطاج”، ولن تكون زوجته القاضية “سيدة تونس الأولى”، وأنه سيعيش بسيطًا كأي تونسي.

من الانتقادات التي واجهها قيس سعيد قبل فوزه، اتهاماتٌ لاحقته بركوب موجة الثورة التونسية لتحقيق مطامع ذاتية، وعدم تصديه بشكل فعال للنظام السابق.

ورد سعيّد بأنه لم يكن ثوريًا ومعارضًا للنظام السابق بالمعنى المتعارف عليه، لكنه رفض مناصب عديدة في العهد السابق، مضيفًا: “قلت (لا) يوم كان البعض ممن يظهرون اليوم في وسائل الإعلام يتمنون الاقتراب من دائرة القرار”.

قال سعيد خلال حملته الانتخابية: “أنا لا أبيع الوهم للشعب التونسي، وبرنامجي واضح، وهو أن الشعب مصدر السلطات، والدستور ينبغي أن يكون قاعديًا، ولا توجد ما تسمى دولة مدنية ولا دينية”، ويرى سعيّد كذلك أن السلطة بيد الشعب وهو من يقرر مصيره وخياراته، وحمل شعاره الانتخابي عنوان “الشعب يريد”.

The new Tunisian president, Qais Sa’id, adhered to his personality as an independent and refused to alliance with any political bloc, and he did not want the state to finance his election campaign “in order not to be constrained and mortgaged on any financial and political front,” according to Sa’id.

The first word after winning

After the semi-final results emerged and Qais Saeed announced his victory, he stressed that Palestine will be at the forefront of the issues that he will work to support externally.

Saeed said: “Relations within the Tunisian interior will be built on the basis of trust and responsibility. We need to renew trust between rulers and ruled and we will work with the rules of the constitution and we will work for transit issues, the first of which is the Palestinian issue, and I wish that the Palestinian flag would be next to the Tunisian flag here.”

Addressing the Tunisian people, he added: “You have dazzled the world by giving you your blood with your blood, to reassure everyone and I will carry the message, and the honesty, in all sincerity and sincerity, with its burdens and burdens towards a new Tunisia that was formulated by the people in 2011.”

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US to send troops to Tunisia in support of Turkish forces and Islamist terrorists in neighbouring Libya

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Nureddin Sabir, Editor, Redress Information & Analysis, writes:

The United States intends to dispatch a military brigade to Tunisia, the US Africa Command (Africom), the force dedicated to intervening in African countries, has announced. 

“As Russia continues to fan the flames of the Libyan conflict, regional security in North Africa is a heightened concern,” Africom said in a statement on 29 May. Two days earlier, Africom claimed that Russia had delivered 14 MiG-29 and Su-24 fighter jets to the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) Jufra air base, a claim that has been denied by the Russians and the LNA.

Since April 2019 the LNA has been fighting to liberate the Libyan capital Tripoli and the 15 per cent of the country still controlled by the unelected “Government of National Accord” (GNA). 

The GNA is backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda and myriad other Islamist terrorist groups, organised crime groups, notably people and oil smugglers, Qatar and Turkey. Turkey has been particularly active in its support of the GNA, bringing in at least 10,100 Syrian mercenaries and jihadists into Libya and participating directly in attack on LNA forces. 

On 28 May, David Schenker, an Israel lobbyist working as US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, gave an interview to France 24 in which he indicated that Washington is not averse to a takeover of Libya by the Muslim Brotherhood and its prodigies, Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda, and the other Islamist terrorists for which the GNA acts as an umbrella. He also strenuously avoided criticising the massive Turkish military intervention in aid of the Islamists in Libya. 

In light of this, Africom’s announcement that it intends to dispatch a so-called “Security Force Assistance Brigade” to Tunisia can therefore be seen as a move to secure supply lines from Tunisia to Turkish forces, Syrian mercenaries and the GNA’s Islamist terrorist and crime syndicate militias deployed west of Tripoli. 

In a statement, Tunisia’s Defence Ministry said the US was a main partner in the effort to build its army’s operational capability. This can only be laughed at given persistent reports that Tunisia had long been acting as a conduit for Turkish arms supplies to the GNA militias — a duplicitous role given its repeated pledges of neutrality in the Libyan conflict. 

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Jihadist brigades threaten “Corona dancer” with death

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Jihadist brigades threaten "Corona dancer" with death in Tunisia

The Tunisian actress Nermine Safar, who became known as the “Corona Dancer” in Tunisia, revealed that she had received a death threat from the “Aqba Bin Nafi” brigades, which is classified as a terrorist organization in Tunisia.

In a video posted on her Facebook page, Safar launched a distress call to the Tunisian authorities, noting that she had received a call from someone who threatened her with death upon leaving the house, noting that he belonged to the “Aqba bin Nafi ‘” brigades.

She also published pictures of the messages sent by the perpetrator, in addition to his phone number, and it includes an explicit death threat.

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Hours later, Zero released another video, in which she confirmed that the security forces were able to arrest the perpetrator and provide security protection for her home.

Zero recently sparked the controversy after submitting direct dance links on her Facebook page, calling on the Tunisians to follow her to break the severity of the home stone imposed by the Corona virus.

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Tunisia: Exposing france’s plunder of its wealth

Tunisian body publishes serious documents exposing France’s plunder of its wealth and Bourguiba’s betrayal of the blood of the martyrs

Abdullah Almasmoudi  

A Tunisian body publishes serious documents exposing France's plunder of its wealth and Bourguiba's betrayal of the blood of the martyrs

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The Tunisian Truth and Dignity Commission, along with its president, Siham Bensedrine, carried out the Eid by revealing the documents signed in their hands on the issue of the country’s independence and pseudo-sovereignty, which revealed, without any doubt, France’s plundering of the wealth of Tunisians from the ill-fated independence to this day.

According to the site “Echo”, shocking and earth-shattering documents, and painful details of each free Tunisian refuses to occupy and humiliate his homeland, documents topple the final lie of the “great mujahid” and expose this play forever, yes, they are all traitors and all sold the discharge of this people to the French occupier.

He added the same site, not a single national government since independence and even today, whatever their affiliation, everyone without exception licking the shoes of the French, not disappointed and disappointed, those who have cracked our heads with their false patriotism and in fact they were pawns in the presence of the French Resident General implement his orders and obey him dogs To her masters.

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Special Tunisian politician: Ennahda maneuvering the nomination of “Ghannouchi”

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Special Tunisian politician: Ennahda maneuvering the nomination of “Ghannouchi” for the presidency of the parliament .. and sit-in to prevent Daesh

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Tunisian political analyst Mohamed Hedi Gabri commented on the nomination of Rashid Ghannouchi to the presidency of parliament in his new term after the meeting of the Shura Council, “Ennahda” movement, yesterday.

He added, “Gabri” that “Ghannouchi” received a majority of votes within the Shura Council, “Ennahdha”, but the decision of the nomination taken by the “Ennahdha” and exercised its legal right to submit a candidate, remains hostage to the consensus that the movement is looking for and did not get until the moment, This makes the chances of Ghannouchi winning the presidency uncertain.

He explained: “It is not possible to say whether Ghannouchi can win, especially since the movement of the people and the Democratic Movement intend to present their candidate in light of the political isolation imposed on Ennahda..

In the opinion of “Gabri” that the nomination of “Ennahda” to “Rashid Ghannouchi” President of the Parliament is not a serious step, but a maneuver to improve the terms of negotiations on the formation of the government, because “Sheikh Rashid Ghannouchi” is not the broad consensus of the various political components of the parliament, adding that it is healthy Unable to bear the burdens of the presidency of the Council after the manifestation of the symptoms of aging and disease.

In another context, said “Gabri” on the intention of Turkey to transfer “1200” members of the “Daesh” to about 60 countries, “Gabri” said that the Tunisian civil society is following with great interest the statements issued by the Turkish Interior Minister, Suleiman Soilo on the initiation of deportation “460” fighters from Turkey to Tunisia.

Gabri concluded by surprise that no position has been issued either by the Tunisian authorities or by the official authorities, stressing that a group of civil society elements are moving to protest at Enfidha airport to engage in a sit-in and protest against the Turkish plane landing IS fighters to Tunisian territory to return to them..

It is noteworthy that the Turkish media announced on Monday, start deporting ISIS militants detained in Turkey to their countries today, days after the threat of the Turkish Interior Minister to deport them early this month, even if they were stripped of their nationalities.

The media also quoted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last Friday, that there are “1201” of ISIS detainees in Turkish prisons, while the Turkish authorities detained “287” militants in Syria.

In another context, stressed the President of the Shura Council of the Renaissance, Abdul Karim Harouni their adherence at a press conference on Sunday to nominate a figure from within the “Renaissance” to head the government as well as the nomination of “Rashid Ghannouchi” to head the parliament.

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BDS Win: How Tunisian Groups Blocked Entry of an Israel-Linked Cargo Ship

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This August, the Tunisian General Labour Union, Tunisia’s main labor federation, and Tunisian civil society succeeded in turning back a cargo ship that was seeking to unload its goods in the Tunisian port of Radès.

On July 31, the Tunisian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, a group affiliated with the BDS movement, learned that a vessel named Cornelius A, operated on behalf of the Israeli shipping company ZIM, was due to stop at the Tunisian port of Radès on August 5. The vessel is owned by the Turkish company Arkas, which has a Vessel Sharing Agreement with ZIM.

According to the Jerusalem Post, a call then came from Palestinian trade unions, a local Tunisian union and international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists to prevent the ship from entering the port. The successful blocking of the ship was a meaningful victory for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which originated in Palestinian civil society in 2005 and asks the international community to cease normal relations with Israeli state institutions until Israel gives the Palestinians the rights due to them according to international law.



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Murder on the Beach: British-backed Wars Helped Create Tunisian Killer

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British foreign policy has partly helped turn Libya and Syria into training and facilitation hubs for militants who conducted numerous atrocities across Europe

 

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Three years ago on 26 June, a 23-year-old Tunisian armed with a machine gun mowed down 38 tourists at a beach hotel in the resort of Port El Kantaoui. Thirty British tourists were among the dead in the worst attack on Britons since the July 2005 London bombings and Tunisia’s deadliest attack ever.

The atrocity was perpetrated by an adherent of the Islamic State (IS) group, which claimed responsibility. But, in a broader context, it is another instance of terrorism arising partly from UK foreign policies for which British governments remain unaccountable.

‘Two guys from England’

The murderer, Seifeddine Rezgui, an engineering student, had been trained in neighbouring Libya, reportedly visiting there several times in late 2014 and early 2015.

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Training was conducted by both IS and Ansar al-Sharia, an al-Qaeda-linked Tunisian terrorist group in camps near the Libyan city of Sabratha, 60 miles over the border from Tunisia. Rezgui is said to have possessed only 120 bullets for his attack, suggesting he had become an expert shooter from his training at these camps.

It is likely that Rezgui was trained in the same camp complex in Libya as Salman Abedi, the Manchester-based terrorist who blew up 22 people at a pop concert in May 2017. A study for the Combating Terrorism Centre at the West Point military institution notes that Abedi built up connections to IS in Sabratha from where the Tunisia attack was staged.

Intelligence officials told the New York Times that Abedi met with IS members of the Katibat al-Battar al-Libi faction of IS several times in Sabratha. Other sources informed the Independent’s Kim Sengupta that Rezgui had told friends that “two guys from England” were at the same camp as him in Sabratha.

Rezgui and Abedi had something else in common. They both reportedly went to Libya during the 2011 uprising against Gaddafi, a British-backed NATO war in which Islamist militias essentially acted as NATO’s boots on the ground.

The British also appear to have facilitated the despatch to Libya of British-based former fighters of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a militant force which the UK had previously covertly funded to assassinate Gaddafi.

In 2011, Ramadan Abedi, Salman’s father, who had also been a member of the LIFG, reportedly took his three sons to Tunisia, where he worked providing logistics for rebels in western Libya before joining the fight against Gaddafi.

A safe haven

The camps near Sabratha where Rezgui and Abedi were trained in 2014-15 were full of weapons captured from Gaddafi’s arsenals during the 2011 war. Journalist Marie Colvin, who was later killed covering the Syria war, visited a camp outside al-Ajaylet, near Sabratha, in September 2011 and reported that it housed “hundreds of flame-throwers, napalm, detonators, crates of assault rifles, thousands of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines”.

By the time the Tunisia terrorist attack occurred in June 2015, the Telegraph’s Richard Spencerreported that the Sabratha camps still housed “whole arsenals of small arms, surface-to-air (SAM) missiles, semtex and other explosives and landmines” which “disappeared from under the noses of the allies, led by Britain and France, who won Libya’s civil war in 2011.”

Spencer added that in 2011

“the SAS was there, so were the Americans and French and a whole cast of monitors and weapons experts. But they seem to have concentrated on tracing the SAMs, as murky figures with lorries drove off the rest of the loot into the desert – despite warnings”.

These weapons ended up in the hands of Islamist militias.

A Twitter account linked to IS had forewarned of an attack in Tunisia a few months previously, saying:

“To the Christians planning their summer vacations in Tunisia, we cant accept you in our land while your jets keep killing our Muslim Brothers in Iraq & Sham [Syria] (sic)”.

During the attack, a Tunisian witness said Rezgui ordered him to get out of the way as he was not aiming at locals but at “British, French”.

The British overthrow of Gaddafi in 2011 helped turn Libya into a safe haven and base for militants and jihadists. After the Syrian war broke out, Libya became a training and facilitation hub for Tunisian and other fighters on their way to Syria to join the likes of IS or Al-Nusra Front, the al-Qaeda affiliate, to fight the Assad regime there. The first sign that Tunisian militants were being trained in camps in Libya was in the spring of 2012.

Consequences of Britain’s Libya war

At this point, the US and UK, far from doing their utmost to prevent militants heading to Syria, in effect sided with them in a huge covert operation with their Arab allies to bankroll and arm militant forces opposed to Assad.

By 2014, the US and UK began waging all-out war on IS in Syria and Iraq. As militants were forced out of these two countries, many went to Libya instead where an IS chapter had been formed. Libyan-trained militants went on to conduct numerous terrorist atrocities in Germany, Italy, France and Belgium.

Since 2015, IS has been forced out of Sabratha and some other Libyan cities due to US air strikes on its training bases, including those in Sabratha. But by then the genie was already out of the bottle: this European-wide terrorism was partly enabled by David Cameron’s disastrous war in Libya and the UK’s and its allies’ covert operation in Syria.

Three years ago, Theresa May, then home secretary, laid flowers on the Tunisian beach where the Britons had been murdered. David Cameron led a national minute’s silence for the victims and promised a “full spectrum response” to the atrocity.

But Britain is still waiting for this response to include a comprehensive public enquiry into Britain’s Libya war of 2011 and what has followed from this.



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Elections alone do not make for democracy

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Seen from the West, three democratic elections have just been held in Tunisia, Lebanon and Iraq. But for the People of these nations, the votes had little to do with the democratic ideal, because the institutions that were imposed upon them by the West were designed to prevent them from having a free choice of their leaders.

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The massive abstention during the Lebanese and Iraqi general elections (50 % Lebanon), (65 % Iraq), and the Tunisian municipal elections (77 %) was interpreted by the Western powers as proof of the immaturity of these populations. No matter whether or not they have been democracies for 7 or 75 years, they are irresponsible and must therefore be placed under supervision.

Forgetting the fact that in the West also, certain national consultations have been marked by similar rates of abstention, the Western powers explain the elections in Tunisia, Lebanon and Iraq as having been troubled by the poor economic results of their governments. As if the Arabs had not understood that they were able to deliberate on projects and choose their own future, but imagined that they were obliged to approve the performances of their past governments.

Anxious to restore a mandate in the Levant, the Western powers had interpreted the liberation of Saad Hariri from his Saudi jail as the victory of Emmanuel Macron The Magnificent. They had not mentioned either the humiliation of the French President inflicted by the Saudi Crown Prince at the airport in Riyadh, nor the efficiency of the work by President Michel Aoun at the United Nations. In their eyes, the Lebanese people were incapable of taking care of themselves. They could only obtain results if they were supervised by the West.

The Western medias speak about the unbelievable Lebanese institutions by describing them as « complicated », but without explaining that the communitarian system had been specifically designed by the ex-colonial power so that nothing would ever change. France is secular at home, but absolutely not in its ex-colonies. and the re-arrangements of the electoral laws, with the introduction of the proportional vote within the communities, not only maintain the colonial web, but also render it all the more complex.

Yes, it is ridiculous to see Tunisia elect its municipal advisors for the first time, Lebanon elect, after nine years, the same hereditary deputies, and Iraq divided into 37 political parties. But it is precisely because it is ridiculous that many voters refused to play such a humiliating game.

Contrary to the Western interpretation, these rates of abstention, while they do demonstrate a rejection of democratic procedures, certainly do not signify the rejection of democracy, but its distortion.

The Tunisians, who witnessed Ennahdha and Nidaâ Tounes found an alliance after having fought one another, had every reason to anticipate that the two major parties would be able to agree to share local positions as they had done with the national posts. The Lebanese, who know that they have no other choice than a « war-lord » for their community and his vassals to defend it against other communities, also rejected this imprisonment. The Iraqis, whose elected Prime Minister had been overthrown four years ago by foreign powers, know that their vote will not be taken into account if they should move against the desiderata of the self-proclaimed « international community ».

Only the Lebanese Hezbollah, born of the Resistance to the Israëli occupation, and the Iraqi Coalition of Moqtada el-Sadr, born of the Resistance to the United States occupation, carried all their voices with their allies.

Make no mistake about it, the Western powers implicitly applaud these abstentions, because they find in them the justification of their aggressions in the « Greater Middle East » over the last 17 years. Any expression of an organised will of the People is for them a nightmare, since their sole objective is to overthrow the states and destroy the societies in order to dominate them more efficiently.

Thus, when the Syrians, then embroiled in a war, invaded the voting centres to elect their President, the Western powers were petrified. They were obliged to postpone their plan for the overthrow of the Syrian Arab Republic.

The Arabs, just like all other people, want to determine their own destiny.

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Tunisia: “What are we waiting for?

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A new campaign to reject the austerity policies of the ruling coalition

The announcement of the entry into force of some measures provided for by the finance law that has just been adopted by the Tunisian parliament with a reactionary majority triggered a wave of protest throughout the country.

Even before its presentation in parliament and when it was discussed behind closed doors in specialized committees, the Popular Front, which was constitutionally the chair of the Finance Committee, warned publicly against the anti-people measures it contained and had no purpose other than to place the burden of the crisis on the working classes. In November, through the massive distribution of leaflets and the holding of meetings and rallies throughout the country, the leaders of the Front alerted the workers and the poor about the difficult days ahead.

Throughout the month of December, during the debates on the new state budget, the Front’s parliamentary bloc was very enterprising, multiplying the interventions inside and outside the parliament to denounce it for fighting against the people. But this did not prevent the reactionary alliance in power from passing the new budget and the new finance law with a large majority on December 31, 2017.

The next day, the first price increases were announced. The Workers’ Party issued its first statement, considering that the government had just declared war on the people. And since then the positions opposing the new government measures follow one another. They emanated not only from the Popular Front and its various components, but also from a number of political parties and civil society organizations.

On the morning of January 3, the walls of the capital and the big cities were covered by the same slogan “What are we waiting for?” wrote hundreds of young people during the night, announcing the start of a protest campaign with the same name. During the day, the first youth gatherings were held simultaneously in several cities to explain the objectives of the campaign.

They explain that this campaign was decided by a revolutionary youth who lost all confidence in the authorities and in their pompous promises made during elections; and that if it comes right after the increase in the prices of basic materials, it is organized around broader demands:

<> – a reduction in commodity prices,
– social and health coverage for the unemployed,
– increased subsidies for needy families,
– the immediate hiring of at least one member of each of these families and the provision of social housing for the poor,
– the development of a national anti-corruption plan,
– the cessation of the privatization of public institutions,
– the development of a fairer tax policy,

and in the immediate future, the suspension of the application of the new finance law until an alternative is found that would take into account the interests of the working classes.

As soon as it was launched, the campaign was favorably received by growing numbers of young and old. Today it is gaining momentum and attracting new social categories, namely all those who feel aggrieved not only by the latest governmental measures, but by all the anti-popular policies that have been carried out by successive governments for seven years, in favor of a comprador bourgeoisie whose only objective is to put an end to the revolutionary process that began in 2011.

But what is further fueling the protest is the reaction of the authorities who responded with police violence alone in the hope of killing the movement in the bud. In the suburbs of the capital, night attacks have been organized against police stations, against riot patrols, but also against department stores and bank branches. The clashes even caused the death of a young man hit by a police vehicle in the city of Tébourba (western suburbs of the capital). More than a thousand young people have been arrested and a series of trials is being prepared.

The Workers’ Party and the Popular Front have not hidden their support for this protest movement; on the contrary, their leaders have multiplied calls to the people to take to the street and speak out against the neoliberal policy led by the ruling coalition that wants to bring alone the consequences of the chaotic business management of the country. The demonstration organized by the Popular Front on January 14 in the center of the capital gathered a few thousand citizens; other forces took part, including activists of the campaign “what are we waiting for?” Similar movements have been organized in the main cities of the country (Sousse, Sfax, Gafsa, Sidi Bouzid, Kasserine, Bizerte, etc., 16 cities in total, north and south).

A campaign of demonization of the Front and its leaders is being organized through the media in the pay of the government (as in the good old days). In the sermons of Friday, January 12, in the five thousand mosques scattered throughout the country, the order was given to “imams” to denounce the Popular Front and consider it a troublemaker; some remarks were close to incitement to crime. The answer was not long in coming. The local workers’ party in the village of Aroussa (north west of the country), the birthplace of Hamma Hammami, was burned down the same evening.

In return, a broad coalition of political and social forces has emerged around the popular front and has set itself the immediate goal of suspending the application of the finance law, with a view to revising it. If that succeeds, it will mark the end of this government, and the beginning of a new stage of struggle.

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Tunisians declare boycott of U.S. ships after Trump’s Jerusalem move

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TUNIS – A Tunisian labor union on Sunday evening announced its decision to boycott U.S. ships docking at a seaport in the country’s southern region of Sfax following Trump’s recognition, on Wednesday, of Occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Spokesman of the Popular Conference for the Palestinians Abroad, Ziad al-Aloul, said on Facebook that the regional executive office of Tunisia’s Trade Unions decided to boycott all American ships docking at Sfax commercial harbor.

As part of the boycott move, workers at the seaport will not empty the shipments onboard boats tied up at Sfax seaport after they had set sail from the U.S.

Prior to the boycott, mass rallies had swept Tunisia with thousands of protesters holding up Palestinian flags and banners. Protesters also burned the U.S. flag and others stepped on images of Israeli flags.

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