Tunisians threaten to close an oil pumping station… and protests against Said

Amman Today

publish date 2021-11-20 19:55:00

The people of the state of Tataouine in southern Tunisia began a peaceful movement in order to activate agreements signed with successive governments related to the employment of the youth of the region, threatening to escalate and close an oil pumping station.

This move comes in response to the call of the official spokesman for the Coordination of the Kamour sit-in, Tarek El-Haddad, who called on the people of Tataouine to protest against the background of trials of the coordination’s youth as a result of previous protests, warning of the possibility of escalation and closing all outlets leading to petroleum companies in the desert, giving the government 3 days to implement the agreement. concluded during the past year.

Tariq Al-Haddad also expressed his surprise at the country’s president, Qais Saeed, not interacting with the demands of the youth of the region, after he received them at the beginning of last year in order to listen to their concerns.

The movement began in the state of Tataouine on March 15, 2020, when protesters closed an oil pumping station in the desert, despite attempts to break the sit-in, prompting the government of Hisham El Meshishi to conclude an agreement with them, on November 8 of last year, to employ 1,000 unemployed people. From work, in addition to pumping 80 million dinars, or about 28 million dollars, annually from the state to the Development Fund in the wilaya of Tataouine.

Despite the announcement of the agreement, the Tunisian authorities did not implement their promises, and the picture remained unemployed in the region.

Unemployed protesting

Many states of the country have known protests led by a number of unemployed people who have been unemployed since Friday evening, after President Qais Saeed announced that the Law No. 38 related to their employment would not be activated despite its seal and publication in the Official Gazette.

Protesters stormed the headquarters of the states of Kasserine and Gafsa in the center of the country, threatening to escalate, in opposition to the failure to activate the law.

On Saturday, a number of unemployed people in Siliana, northwest of Tunisia, blocked the road in front of the governorate headquarters and ignited rubber wheels in protest of the president’s decision not to activate the law.

The governorate of Gabes also witnessed similar protests, and the youth of the Kasserine governorate announced entering into a brutal hunger strike in rejection of the president’s decision and to demand work.

criticism of the president

On Saturday, Labor Party leader Hamma Hammami criticized President Saeed and his administration, saying that “the importance of governance does not lie in the number of votes, but in the programs because politics is not empty speeches.”

In a radio statement, Hammami considered that what happened on July 25 was a “counter-revolution and coup in which Qais Saeed seized power and ruled alone.”

protests in italy

In addition, a number of Tunisians gathered in front of the headquarters of their country’s consulate in Milan, Italy, to protest against the decisions of the President of the Republic related to suspending the work of Parliament.

The protesters raised slogans against Qais Saeed, accusing him of overthrowing the constitution and excluding power.
The movement was also known for the intervention of former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki from afar, as he called for intensifying protest movements against Saied.

Since last July 25, Tunisia has been witnessing a political crisis when Said began taking exceptional measures, including: freezing the competencies of Parliament, lifting the immunity of its deputies, abolishing the constitutionality monitoring body, issuing legislation by presidential decrees, chairing the Public Prosecution, dismissing the Prime Minister, and forming new ones. He appointed its chief.

The majority of political forces in Tunisia reject Said’s exceptional decisions, and consider them a “coup against the constitution”, while other forces support them and see them as a “correction of the course of the 2011 revolution,” which overthrew the then president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

During the past three months, the Tunisian capital witnessed protest movements, in which thousands participated, to denounce the decisions of Said, who began in 2019 a 5-year presidential term.

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