Busy weekend on the security side of things, but also this weekend was a good snapshot of the situation in Tunisia.
On one hand we had great weather and many positive venues to enjoy…but a simple google news search provides more than enough stories to be concerned about.
As informed expats we can learn a lot from what’s happening in Libya. It’s crystal clear that things are heating up next door:
“Oil giant BP has withdrawn some nonessential staff from operations in Libya following UK government advice about uncertainty in the country.”-Article
“The US and Britain have announced that they are withdrawing some diplomatic staff from Libya, amid security concerns over a recent flare-up in political unrest.” Article
“A country (Libya) being pushed toward an abyss wrought of foreign intervention coupled with a weak central government and a plentiful supply of heavy weapons outside of government control.”-Article
Aware of the Shift
The shift is on in Tunis. On Saturday: “Clashes erupt after prayers around Bilal mosque in Sidi Hassine Sijoumi area, where Salafists used knives, Molotov cocktails.”
As the government attempts to strengthen the security landscape; we will see more clashes between Tunisian Security Forces and “salafists”.
We have entered a new phase in this revolution/evolution process. Although the effects are currently not taking place in traditional “expat neighborhoods”, we need to remain aware and engaged.
Let’s keep sharing information and empowering our expat community.