Tunisian Revolution

Tunisia was the first country to begin protests. Tunisia was just the beginning. It made major headlines, but not a lot of people paid attention to what was going on. Other places like Argentinia and Paris gave 15 hours a day of coverage on the Tunisian Protests.

Protest Footage

 Tunisian Protest Picture Slideshow

Civilian’s Perspectives

 

                                                                                                           Where is Tunisia?
Tunisia is the Northernmost country in Africa. It is a Maghreb country and is bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the North and East. Tunisia is an export-oriented country in the process of liberalizing and privatizing an economy that has averaged 5% GDP growth since the eary 1990′s. Tunisia has relations with both the European Union — and the Arab world. Tunisia is also a member of the Arab League and the African Union. Tunisia has established close relations with France in particular, through economic cooperation, industrial modernization, and privatisation programs.

 What is Tunisia?
Official Name: Tunisian Republic
Capital: Tunis
Government Type: Presidential Republic
Population: 10,432,500 (July 1, 2009 est.)
Area: 163,610 km2
Official Language: Arabic
Second Language: French
GDP per capita: $8,254 (2009)
Year of Independence: 1956 (from France)

What is going on in Tunisia?
The Tunisian Revolution is a intensive campaign of civil resistance, including a series of street demonstrations taking place in Tunisia. The event began in December of 2010 and led to the ousting of longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January of 2011. Street demonstrations and other unrest continue in the present. Demonstrations were precipitated by high unemployment, food inflation, corruption, lack of freedom of speech and other political freedom and poor living conditions. The protests constituted the most dramatic wave of social and political unrest in Tunisia in three decades and have resulted in scores of deaths and injuries, most of which were the result of action by police and security forces against demonstrators.

[Condensed Information from Wikipedia.]

 

 



 

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