The 2011 uprising in Tunisia
By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2019
Eight years after the ouster of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali in 2011, renewed mass struggles are erupting.
By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 15 January 2018
The new wave of protests was prompted by anger over mass unemployment, corruption and the 2018 finance law.
By Alex Lantier, 12 January 2018
Protests against unemployment and the 2018 austerity budget in the industrial heartlands of southern Tunisia are now spreading across the country.
By Kumaran Ira, 26 January 2016
Amid growing social unrest, Washington and Paris are boosting military aid to Tunisia to prepare to suppress social opposition in the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 23 January 2016
None of the grievances that drove the working class into revolutionary struggle five years ago against first Ben Ali in Tunisia, then Mubarak in Egypt, have been resolved.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 19 December 2014
The coming to power of Nidaa Tounes represents an attempt to restore the old Ben Ali regime that the working class toppled in revolutionary struggles nearly four years ago.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 December 2014
The Socialist Party government warmly welcomed Egyptian military dictator al-Sisi.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Johannes Stern, 15 October 2013
The Tunisian ruling elite is desperately seeking a way out of a deepening political and economic crisis.
By Kumaran Ira, 27 July 2013
Opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi was killed outside his home in Tunis by unidentified attackers.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 25 February 2013
The bourgeois media is seeking to endow ex-Prime Minister Hamad Jebali with democratic credentials, despite his role in betraying the aspirations of the workers and youth who overthrew the dictator Ben Ali and repressing social protests.
By Barry Grey, 9 February 2013
The current political eruption in Tunisia, the most widespread since the events of late 2010 and early 2011, occurs just days before the second anniversary of the fall of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 8 February 2013
Mass protests and attacks on the ruling Islamist Ennahda party offices broke out throughout Tunisia after the assassination of a prominent Tunisian secular politician
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 19 December 2012
At the last minute, the UGTT union called off a one-day national strike called against the assault by Islamist thugs on UGTT members.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 29 August 2012
Police stood aside last week as hundreds of Salafist thugs attacked workers and youth in Sidi Bouzid, the starting point of the Tunisian Revolution and the Arab Spring.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 August 2012
On Tuesday, several thousand workers demonstrated in Sidi Bouzid.
By Anthony Torres, 27 June 2012
On June 14 former President Ben Ali, along with 22 Interior Ministry officials, stood trial of for the massacres in Thala and Kasserine during the Tunisian revolution.
By Johannes Stern, 16 February 2012
The failure of strike calls by petty-bourgeois “left” parties in Egypt highlights the need for an independent political struggle by the working class with the aim of taking power and establishing socialism.
By Alex Lantier, 11 February 2012
Thousands marched in Cairo, Alexandria, and other cities against the US-backed Egyptian military junta yesterday.
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2012
One year ago today, millions of workers in cities throughout Egypt took to the streets on the first day of revolutionary protests against President Hosni Mubarak.
By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2012
Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s ignominious flight from Tunisia to exile in Saudi Arabia.
By Kumaran Ira, 15 November 2011
Rising strikes in Tunisia underscore continuing popular opposition to the political establishment, which has still not succeeded in assembling a government after the latest elections.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 28 October 2011
Tunisia held elections Sunday to elect a 217-member Constituent Assembly, tasked with drafting a new constitution after mass protests toppled President Ben Ali this January.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 October 2011
The Constituent Assembly election in Tunisia, slated to draft a new constitution, is scheduled for October 23.
By Johannes Stern, 13 September 2011
In recent days a new wave of strikes and protests against the US-backed military junta has swept over Egypt.
By Johannes Stern, 10 September 2011
Egyptian workers and youth mounted mass protests in cities across Egypt yesterday, after a new wave of strikes swept the country in recent days. In Cairo tens of thousands of protesters gathered in iconic Tahrir Square, one of the epicenters of the Egyptian revolution.
By Kumaran Ira, 25 August 2011
Anti-government protests took place across Tunisia on August 15. Thousands of Tunisians participated, denouncing the interim government and calling for its resignation.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 August 2011
The lack of popular interest in the Constituent Assembly elections is a devastating verdict on the Tunisian Transitional Government’s attempts to give itself a veneer of pseudo-democratic legitimacy.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 August 2011
Over 100,000 Israeli municipal workers took strike action on Monday in a show of solidarity with the nationwide tent city protests against the exorbitant cost of housing.
By Johannes Stern, 2 August 2011
Yesterday the Egyptian military and security forces attacked protesters on Tahrir Square in Cairo to clear it and bring protests to a halt.
By Niall Green, 2 August 2011
Syrian security forces allegedly killed around 100 people in the Syrian city of Hama over the weekend.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 July 2011
The regime of President Bashar al-Assad has deployed tens of thousands of troops to quell the growing protest movement, now in its fifth month.
By Kumaran Ira, 22 July 2011
In recent days Tunisian security forces have violently attacked a new wave of anti-government protests across the country.
By Niall Green, 15 July 2011
Last week’s meeting of French and US ambassadors with opposition activists in Syria signaled a sharp escalation of tensions with the Assad regime.
By Jonathan Aswan, 8 July 2011
Hundreds of thousands of workers and youth are expected to turn out to the streets today in protests dubbed “Friday of Persistence” or “The Revolution and the Poor first”.
By Jonathan Aswan, 4 July 2011
On Friday tens of thousands of workers and youth went to the streets in at least five governorates in Egypt to denounce the politics of the US-backed military junta and its leader, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi.
By Jean Shaoul, 4 July 2011
At least 28 protesters were killed Friday, as security forces opened fire on what were the largest demonstrations since political unrest first gripped Syria four months ago.
By Joseph Kishore and Jonathan Aswan, 30 June 2011
Over one thousand have been injured in clashes that began Tuesday and continued into Wednesday morning, with protesters demanding the ouster of the Egyptian military regime.
By Kumaran Ira, 29 June 2011
On June 8, the interim Tunisian government decided to postpone the Constituent Assembly elections to October 23.
By Niall Green, 29 June 2011
As fighting continues in Yemen, with US warplanes and drones striking targets inside the country, Washington is working to form a pliant regime in the country.
By Niall Green, 23 June 2011
A military court in the US-allied monarchy of Bahrain has handed down lengthy prison sentences to 21 people involved in anti-government protests earlier this year.
By Niall Green, 17 June 2011
As heavy fighting between the government and opposition militants continued in Yemen, the US carried out further air strikes in the south of the country.
By Harvey Thompson, 17 June 2011
The upsurge of industrial struggle by Egyptian workers that preceded the January revolution shows no sign of diminishing.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 June 2011
The US-backed dictatorship in Bahrain proceeded this week with the military trial of 47 doctors and nurses rounded up during mass protests last March.
By Jean Shaoul, 14 June 2011
The brutal crackdown being waged by Bashar al-Assad’s Ba’athist regime against protests in Syria has caused an estimated 10,000 Syrians to flee Jisr al-Shughour into Turkey.
By Barry Grey, 8 June 2011
The Syrian regime has threatened a military crackdown against the town of Jisr al-Shughour, after claiming that “armed gangs” killed 120 members of the security forces there.
By Niall Green, 8 June 2011
As fighting between pro- and anti-government forces continues in Yemen, the major powers are maneuvering to secure their interests in the strategically vital country.
By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2011
Heavy fighting between anti-government rebels and forces loyal to president Ali Abdullah Saleh raged through Wednesday night and into Thursday in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. Dozens of people were believed killed, many of them civilians caught in the crossfire between tribal militiamen and various factions of army troops.
By Harvey Thompson, 3 June 2011
Hundreds of doctors marched from the doctors’ syndicate to the Egyptian Cabinet offices with their unmet demands on May 29, threatening to go back on strike.
By David Walsh, 1 June 2011
The embattled regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen stepped up its campaign of repression Monday and Tuesday, resulting in the deaths of dozens of protesters and civilians.
By Patrick Martin, 28 May 2011
Demonstrations Friday brought huge crowds back to Tahrir Square in Cairo and in dozens of other cities throughout Egypt.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 May 2011
With the failure of the anti-government movement to make significant headway against President Bashar al-Assad’s Ba’athist regime, there are now regional efforts to bolster the disparate and fractious opposition forces.
By Kumaran Ira, 27 May 2011
Tunisian interim prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi met with French president Nicolas Sarkozy on May 17-18 to plan joint strategy against continuing protests in Tunisia.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 May 2011
At least 18 people were killed and many more wounded in gun battles that erupted Monday in the Yemeni capital after the dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh reneged on a deal to step down.
By Johannes Stern, 21 May 2011
As the Egyptian revolution reaches a crucial turning point, a group of parties calling themselves “left” and even “socialist” have united to form an alliance with the bourgeoisie, which in turn backs the ruling military junta.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 May 2011
Last Monday, the Tunisian interim government announced the formation of the independent electoral committee to oversee the July 24 election of a constituent assembly.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 May 2011
President Bashar al-Assad’s Ba’athist regime persisted in its lethal crackdown on dissent over the weekend.
By Niall Green and Kumaran Ira, 9 May 2011
Demonstrators in Tunisia calling for a “new revolution” were brutally attacked by riot police after warnings of a possible military coup.
By Olivier Laurent, 5 May 2011
The political reforms in Tunisia aim to remove people from power who are too politically associated with the dictator Ben Ali, whilst justifying the maintenance of the social conditions against which the Tunisian masses revolted.
By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2011
President Ali Abdullah Saleh reneged on an agreement to step down after 32 years in power.
By Joseph Kishore, 26 April 2011
The US and European powers are working to exploit unrest and protests in Syria to advance their own interests in the region.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 April 2011
Last Sunday French border police blocked rail traffic between France and Italy to prevent Tunisian immigrants from entering France via Italy.
By David Walsh, 19 April 2011
Security forces attacked tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators in Hudaida in south-central Yemen on Monday, reportedly wounding at least 88. Over the weekend, as many as a million Yemenis rallied against the government.
By David Walsh, 15 April 2011
Yemen witnessed massive protests April 13, some of the largest yet in the wave of anti-government demonstrations that began in mid-January.
By Harvey Thompson, 15 April 2011
Strikes and protests by workers across Egypt continued this week, with many calling for improved wages and working conditions while others attempted to block moves that would reduce their income or restrict their prospects.
By our correspondent, 14 April 2011
The non-ending stream of strikes and protests by Egyptian workers has unnerved the military junta, which is responding with increasing violence.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 April 2011
Ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have been detained for 15 days while Egyptian prosecutors conduct an investigation into their multi-billion-dollar embezzlement and corruption.
By Jean Shaoul, 14 April 2011
The Assad regime has stepped up its clampdown on demonstrators calling for democracy and an end to corruption.
By our correspondent, 12 April 2011
Tens of thousands gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square chanted: “The people want the overthrow of the field marshal” and “the people want to overthrow the regime”.
By David Walsh, 5 April 2011
The Saleh regime in Yemen continues to enjoy the support of the Obama administration despite repeated massacres.
By Alex Lantier, 1 April 2011
President Bashir al-Assad spoke at the People’s Assembly in Damascus Wednesday, ahead of protests scheduled for today, to appeal for national unity while making no further concessions to popular demands for political change. Syria has been ruled under emergency laws since 1963, the year a coup placed the Ba’athist party in power.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 March 2011
Syria’s government had resigned in an effort to counter the wave of protests calling for political reform.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 30 March 2011
On March 26 Tunisia’s Commission for the Achievement of the Objectives of the Revolution and the Democratic Transition was enlarged from 70 to 130 members in a closed-door session.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 March 2011
The promulgation this week in Egypt of a decree banning strikes and protests has laid bare the real character of the military-controlled regime that succeeded the US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak.
By Niall Green, 23 March 2011
Senior figures in the Yemeni elite have moved against President Saleh, seeking to maintain their own wealth, power and relations to US imperialism.
By Stefan Steinberg, 22 March 2011
The thoroughly fraudulent and undemocratic nature of Saturday’s referendum in Egypt was the declaration from the Supreme Military Council that in the event of a no vote it would impose its own constitution until a new one is drafted.
By Andre Damon, 22 March 2011
Five high-level generals in Yemen, including Ali Mohsen, the country’s top military figure, announced their support for the country’s opposition movement Monday, calling for the ouster of president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2011
The United Nations Security Council Thursday night approved a resolution that paves the way for the United States and other major imperialist powers to conduct a direct military intervention in Libya under the pretense of a “humanitarian” mission to protect civilian lives.
By Tom Eley, 18 March 2011
On Wednesday the government of Bahrain assaulted peaceful demonstrators in Pearl Square and arrested at least a dozen opposition politicians the following day.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2011
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Middle East tour, capped by a stroll through Cairo’s Tahrir Square, presents an unparalleled profile in hypocrisy.
By Barry Grey, 17 March 2011
Omani state oil workers have gone on strike to demand higher wages, joining other sections of workers who have launched strike action and ongoing popular protests against the regime of Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2011
Representatives of the major imperialist powers initiated a flurry of meetings Monday to discuss plans for military intervention in Libya.
By Niall Green, 15 March 2011
The military intervention of Saudi Arabia into Bahrain is aimed at putting down the mass protests there and intimidating opposition at home. Behind the actions of the Saudis, US imperialism is working to ensure its economic and strategic interests are maintained.
By Chris Marsden, 12 March 2011
Massive numbers of police succeeded in intimidating anyone seeking to join protests urged by Saudi Arabian dissident groups after the Muslim Friday prayers in cities including the capital Riyadh.
By Ann Talbot, 9 March 2011
The threat of direct foreign military intervention against Libya has moved closer in the last 24 hours, as international support has gathered for a no-fly zone.
By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2011
The reality of US-imposed “democracy” in Iraq is being displayed in police raids on opposition parties and mass arrests of demonstrators against the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2011
Thousands of people, many of them former prisoners and victims of torture, took action to preserve documents showing their abuse at the hands the State Security Investigations agency.
By Ann Talbot, 4 March 2011
Sharp divisions within ruling circles have not halted the military preparations for an attack on Libya.
By Julie Hyland, 2 March 2011
The United States, Britain and the European powers are deepening their preparations for intervention in Libya, including military action.
By Peter Schwarz Alex Lantier, 2 March 2011
Germany has emerged as a full-fledged participant in the great power drive for imperialist intervention in Libya.
By Alex Lantier, 2 March 2011
Renewed protests hit Yemen, Oman and Bahrain yesterday. There are signs that the protests that spread from Tunisia and Egypt to the Arabian Peninsula may also overtake Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
By Andrea Peters, 2 March 2011
The ongoing wave of popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa has provoked alarm within the Kremlin, which fears the destabilizing impact of these events on Russia’s national interests in the region, the world economy and mass consciousness throughout the former Soviet sphere.
By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2011
The United States and the European powers are seeking to carve up the oil-rich North African country.
By Niall Green, 1 March 2011
Anti-government protests are continuing in the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain. Demonstrators blockaded the National Assembly, Bahrain’s rubber-stamp parliament, on Monday. Crowds of thousands are still occupying Pearl Square, the focus for demonstrators in the capital city, Manama.
By Patrick Martin, 28 February 2011
Mohammed Ghannouchi resigned less than 48 hours after 100,000 people marched through the capital demanding his ouster.
By Pierre Mabut, 28 February 2011
France’s minister for foreign affairs, Michèle Alliot-Marie, was forced to resign her post yesterday, amid the scandal over her relations with the deposed Tunisian government.
By Nick Beams, 25 February 2011
The following report by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), was delivered to an aggregate meeting in Sydney.
By Robert Stevens and John Newham, 24 February 2011
Protesters are holding regular demonstrations outside the BBC’s HQ in Manchester city centre in north-west England against the Gaddafi regime.
By Niall Green, 24 February 2011
Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets of Bahrain’s capital, Manama, this week. Defying government demands to end protests, amid vicious police attacks on crowds last week that left an estimated eight people dead and hundreds more wounded, crowds called for the fall of the regime and justice for slain protestors.
By Chris Marsden, 23 February 2011
Egypt’s military regime has threatened to illegalise strikes in the face of the ongoing social unrest in the aftermath of the removal of President Hosni Mubarak.
By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2011
Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi threatened widespread massacres against his own people in an appearance on state television Tuesday.