Tunisian anti-austerity protests continue

This video says about itself:

Demonstrators demand reversal of Tunisia’s austerity measures

13 January 2018

Fresh scuffles broke out Friday as hundreds of Tunisians took to the streets of the capital and coastal city of Sfax, waving yellow cards. The demonstrators were demanding the government reverse austerity measures. Tunisian authorities said Friday the number of people detained in the wave of protests had risen to nearly 800.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Activists urge Tunisians to take to the streets again against austerity measures

ACTIVISTS called for Tunisians to take to the streets today in the latest series of protests sparked by government austerity measures.

The Interior Ministry said that it had arrested 778 people in several days of demonstrations.

One person has been killed and many injured.

The ministry said it expected the protests to die down, but that seemed unlikely — not least because this weekend marks seven years since the ousting of long-time ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

UN high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay urged the government today to halt its use of “excessive force” against protesters.

The army has deployed 2,100 troops across the country.

The austerity measures, which came into force on January 1, increased taxes and the price of basics such as flour, fuel and phone calls, among other items.

The government accepted a four-year loan from the International Monetary Fund last year, worth over £2 billion, but its conditions include the usual IMF prescription of cuts, attacks on workers’ rights and tax rises on the poorest.

4 thoughts on “Tunisian anti-austerity protests continue

  1. POLICE fired tear gas at protesters in Athens today who were demonstrating against a government attack on the right to strike.

    More than 20,000 people marched in the Greek capital as parliament was set to approve an austerity Bill, potentially the last major cuts package in the country’s latest bailout programme.

    Ferry workers staged a 24-hour strike in protest at the package, which includes measures limiting trade unions’ ability to take industrial action.

    Public transport in Athens was also affected as metro workers walked out.

    The communist-affiliated Pame union federation, which took part in the demonstration, called on other unions to give a “militant response” to the Syriza-led government’s latest anti-worker measures. It also appealed for international support for the struggle.

    Greece has been unable to raise money on the international bond markets since 2010 and has implemented years of austerity, including slashing workers’ terms and conditions and pension rights, in return for a series of EU bailouts benefiting foreign banks.

    Currently, unions need the support of a third of their members to take lawful industrial action, but the new law would raise the benchmark to just over 50 per cent.

    Greece’s creditors hope this would reduce the frequency and number of strikes and improve productivity.

    However, Pame accused the Syriza-led government of “imposing the demands of big capital” by attacking workers’ rights in order to protect big-business profitability.

    Retired ship officer George Papaspyropoulos said that abolition of the right to strike “only happened during the [1967-74] junta.

    “This government is leftist in name only. In deeds, it’s a junta,” he added.


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