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Publish at March 21 2022 Updated March 30 2022

A decade later, what about the Jasmine Revolution?

A mixed record

January 2011, the earth shakes metaphorically in Tunisia. The people are fed up with the iron regime of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, holding the reins of the country for over 20 years. People, once terrified of power, are coming out and demonstrations are being organized with social networks. To the point where the dictator will leave hastily for Saudi Arabia. This movement called the "Jasmine Revolution" will be the trigger for the famous Arab Spring that will shake other nations in the Maghreb and the Fertile Crescent.

More than 10 years later, Tunisia seems to have succeeded in its democratic turn. The population is entitled to elections, a balance of power avoiding a return to autocracy, and a much freer media.

However, while no one fundamentally regrets Ben Ali's reign, the mood in Tunisia is not good. The economic crisis affects the working classes, all the more so in a pandemic context. Freedom of expression is present but some people pay heavily for their criticism of the situation. A half-tone assessment despite the inhabitants still full of hope.

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