As reported by various sources, there was a major security challenge throughout Tunis on the night of Monday, June 11, 2012. I received several emails and SMS regarding gun fire and vandalism taking place near Expat neighborhoods. It seems like there was a coordinated offensive on the part of the salafists in retaliation to a recent controversial art exhibition and this time the police reacted with force.
We can confirm that gunfire, barricades, and vandalism took place in Carthage, La Marsa, and other towns around Tunis. At this point it is important to remember that although things may calm down and return to business as usual: A State of Emergency still exists and curfews or other temporary movement restrictions may be imposed or changed with little or no notice. You should observe instructions given by local security authorities and are advised to carry a copy of your passport, or other form of photo ID.
Neighborhood Awareness (Confirmed by various Security Sources):
- Le Kram( west) (high activity/burning/vandalism)
- Intersection near the Phoenix in Carthage.
- Army units deployed at the Zephyr center.
An announcement was made this morning about the strike of petroleum transporters for the 14, 15 and 16 of June.
Evaluate & Adjust
If you have been following this blog you are not panicking nor overacting to this information because you know all about situational awareness and big picture analysis. You have already empowered yourself with practical information to successfully navigate through the ever changing security situation in Tunisia.
As informed Expats, this is a good time for us to evaluate our daily activities so that we can make necessary adjustments that will allow us to continue our journey here safely. Awareness is better than panicking and planning is more effective than isolation. Tunisia is going through some major changes and we will continue to face challenges but with the right attitude and approach we can thrive and cheer for Tunisia to make it through the storm.