TS Update-(Hurdles Ahead…)

This week has been amazing.  It’s been such an honor for me to meet so many expat and local security professionals.  I’ve learned so much and feel more inspired and confident than ever.

They say tough times never last, but tough people do…times like these requires us to be tough.

Hurdles ahead

As far back as May 10th 2011, we wrote about the security challenges involved with Fridays.  Specifically, we advised Expats to take extra precautions on Fridays and adjust their routines accordingly.  We can safely say  that Fridays will continue to be the highest risk day of the week.

Major test ahead…

It will be interesting to see how the general public reacts on October 18th when according to various reports, the date of the next elections will be announced.  It is important to note that the 18th falls on a Thursday so plan ahead for additional precautions on the following day, Friday October 19th.

Indeed even before September 14th, many security analysts anticipated major security challenges in Tunisia during the October 18th-October 30th time frame.  September 14th may yet prove to be a blessing in disguise in terms of motivating the government to take a strong position on security matters…or it may well have been a preview of what’s to come.

Time will tell…

Word on the street…

Sources state that local security forces are stepping up their level of training, planning, and preparedness.  The powers that be want the October 23rd date to pass by like a silent film.  Of course we’ll get a preview on October 18th, but sources claim that things will go smoothly.

The challenge with forecasting events in Tunisia is that there are far too many wild cards and unknowns.  Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki’s interview with CNN’s Amanpour is a good example of the challenge we are facing.

Ready or not… October 23rd is coming…the time for awareness & preparedness is NOW.  

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour-Marzouki



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