New protests, same old oppression in Tunisia

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I am not surprised to see protests being reported today from Tunisia, the Western media’s one-time poster-child for “successful” Arab uprisings.

More than 3,000 protesters gathered Saturday outside the headquarters of the General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT) in Tunis to demand the fall of the government and denounce several attacks on its premises during this week, according to a reporter for the AFP. “The people want the government to fall”, “Protests and fighting until the government falls”, “Do not touch my UGTT”, “Long live the UGTT” chanted the demonstrators who responded to the call of the main union of Tunisia. Several political parties participated in the rally – the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the movement Ettajdid, and the Communist Party of Tunisian Workers (PCOT). The protesters denounced actions against several local UGTT members and accused members of the Islamist movement Ennahda to be the perpetrators.

Tunisia UGTT protests 25 Feb 2012

Tunisia UGTT protests 25 Feb 2012

UGTT Protests in Tunisia 25 Feb 2012

UGTT Protests in Tunisia 25 Feb 2012

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