Tunisia Marks Revolution’s 10th Anniversary in Lockdown

1/15/2021

Tunisia on Thursday commemorated the 10th anniversary since the flight into exile of iron-fisted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was pushed from power in a popular revolt that foreshadowed pro-democracy uprisings, strife, and civil war in the region during what became known as the Arab Spring. But there were no festive celebrations marking the as the government imposed a four-day lockdown starting Thursday to contain the coronavirus.

Despite gains in expanded political rights in the post-Ben Ali era, a pall of disenchantment hangs over the country, marked by extremist attacks, political infighting, a troubled economy, and promises unfulfilled, including development of the interior.

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