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Tunisia 2018: Is the Revolution of Jasmin fading?

7 years after the Revolution, anti-austerity strikes are still taking over Tunisia’s streets.

Under pressure from the International Monetary Fund, 2018 marks the Tunisian parliament’s approval of the 36 billion dinar ($14.55 billion) national budget that aims at cutting the budget deficit and creating growth. It increased tax on a majority of consumer services and “non-essential” goods, which left so little consideration for citizens and brought to the surface a profound public dissatisfaction with the country’s current economic state. Clashes between citizens and police resulted over 806 arrests and at least 35 people have been reportedly killed during the regional demonstrations.

For the 7th year now, January has been known to be the month of evaluation for Tunisians. It is the month that marked the spark that initiated the regional dialogue over “Employment, Freedom, and National Dignity.” However for January 2018, Tunisia’s streets have seriously underscored the society’s outrage …

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