Category Archives: Arab and Middle East unrest

Bereaved families await justice seven years after Tunisian revolution

More than 300 died in uprising but there is no list of names and no one is in jail for the attacks

Seven years after Tunisia’s revolution, relatives of hundreds of people who died and thousands who were injured in the fight for democracy say they are still waiting for justice and recognition.

No one is currently in jail for attacks carried out during days of protests in early 2011, lawyers for the families say, even though many suspects have been identified and some have been arrested and prosecuted.

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Anger that drove the Arab spring is flaring again

Riots in Tunisia echo the events of 2011, when unrest swept the Middle East

When the people of Balta wanted to protest, they had to leave town. “This place is so small that blocking the road is like sitting in your own hall – no one notices,” said Wathik Balti, a 19-year-old student.

So in December, they headed to the nearest motorway, where dozens of them blocked an important junction for hours and called on the government to do something about the lack of jobs, the chronic corruption and the faltering public services that blight the picturesque village.

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Trump to cut millions from UN agency for Palestinian refugees – officials

US officials say only $60m of $125m for UN Relief and Works Agency likely as compromise between Mattis and Tillerson and hardline UN ambassador Haley

The Trump administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, cutting the year’s first contribution by more than half or perhaps entirely and making additional donations contingent on major changes to the organization, US officials said.

Donald Trump has not made a final decision but appears more likely to send only $60m of a planned $125m first installment to the UN Relief and Works Agency, said the officials, who were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

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Hundreds attend anti-austerity protests in Tunis amid heavy police presence

Rallies follow government promise of more aid for poor and improved healthcare to stem wave of unrest

Hundreds of Tunisians have demonstrated peacefully in the capital against government austerity measures on the seventh anniversary of the ousting of the former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, following a week of unrest in which hundreds of people have been arrested.

Protests erupted last Monday in several towns and cities across Tunisia, triggered by tax and price increases imposed on 1 January as the government seeks to reduce a budget deficit to meet an agreement with its international donors.

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