Tunisia: Protest Movements Down By 26% in April (Report)

Tunis/Tunisia — Protest movements dropped by about 26% last April compared to March of the same year, according to the April 2021 report of the Tunisian Social Observatory (OST) under the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES).

The report shows that 841 protests were recorded in April compared to 1,138 in March.

However, a record increase of 230% was reported compared to April 2020.

About a third of the protests recorded in April took place in the North East and West regions. Protest movements in these regions increased by 19% compared to March 2021.

Meanwhile, the level of protests in the South-East and West regions fell by about 27% compared to March 2021 and despite this fall, these regions are still in the lead with 47% of the total number of recorded protests.

The governorate of Gafsa tops the list of the most protesting regions with 222 protests, followed by the governorate of Tunis with 190 protests.

61 protests were registered in Tataouine and an average of 35 protests in Beja, Sidi-Bouzid, Gabes, Kébili, Médenine and Kairouan, the same source said.

According to the report, the tendency for social protests to be violent and lawless rose by about 2.8% in April. Lawless protests account for 81.7% of the total number of protests.

With the exception of the governorates of Bizerte, Sfax, Mahdia, Siliana, Monastir, Sidi Bouzid and Kairouan, where the lawless nature of the protests prevailed, the protest movements in the other regions tended to be violent, particularly in the governorates of Tunis, Gafsa, Tataouine, Kebili, Medenine and Gabes.

The percentage of lawless or violent protests in the governorate of Gafsa reached 95%, 96.7% in the governorates of Gabes and Ariana and was around 100% in Jendouba.

51% of the protests in April 2021 involved the public sector, followed by the education sector with 9%, the environmental sector with 6%, the drinking water supply with 3%, and others.

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