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Tunisia: After France, place to the Red Vests

After the Yellow Vests in France, the Red Vests appear in Tunisia. This Friday, December 14, a scrum was held by the activists who launched this movement to officially kick off this popular mobilization.

Inspired by the French vests, this movement, whose purpose is to denounce the catastrophic situation in Tunisia, has set 22 economic and social demands: development, improvement of the living conditions of Tunisians, the fight against terrorism, soaring prices, job demand, health, raising the minimum wage, lowering gas and electricity tariffs, eliminating rising fuel prices, or changing the current political system to become presidential.

“We call for peaceful protests. No violence, No vandalism. The Red Vests are “Tunisian” claims, “said the coordinator of the movement Riadh Jrad during a press briefing, saying that this protest campaign will be open to everyone. “The government and the whole political class have failed. At the fall of Ben Ali in 2011, the people demanded social justice, freedom and dignity. Nothing has been done about it”, he said.

Before the launch of the movement, 53 regional and 9 local coordinations were formed, notably in Sfax, Gafsa, Sidi Bouzid, Ariana, Siliana. Sit-ins will take place in several regions of the country from Monday, December 17, the first is scheduled at Kasbah 3, in Tunis, in front of the seat of government.

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