TS Update-(Martyrs’ Day + Safety & Security)
During the last few months we’ve seen a barrage of positive news regarding Tunisia. The media-hype is backed up by a real measurable difference in terms of security improvements on the ground. Still, security analysts remain cautious because a. Tunisia is going through a major transition and b. the deteriorating situation in Libya.
- While the Tunisian government has renewed its commitment and effectiveness in addressing security concerns over the past year, challenges remain.
- The ability of Tunisian Ministry of Interior forces to control civil unrest and demonstrations since a 2012 attack on U.S. Embassy Tunis and the nearby American Cooperative School of Tunis has improved.
- Terrorism also remains an increasingly significant concern. Tunisian nationals have been involved in international terrorism and international terrorist organizations have on multiple occasions called for attacks in North Africa, including Tunisia.
The embassy does a good job of providing readers with practical security advise. Being aware of our surroundings, staying informed, and avoiding areas where demonstrations take place are all easy yet effective things that we can do to strengthen our security setup.
Wednesday, April 9th is Martyrs’ day, a day in which Tunisians mark the massacre of the country’s nationalists by French troops in 1938. Last year, we witnessed many demonstrations so it’s important that we remain security conscious as we make our plans to enjoy the beautiful weather we’re being spoiled with these days.
Let’s stay in touch and continue to share practical & relevant information.
Disclaimer: Please note that this post is for informational use only and not affiliated with the U.S. embassy in Tunis.