The Tunisian President Kais Saied has initiated a coup. Assisted by the army, parliament has been suspended, the Prime Minister sacked and the constitution suspended. Saied has appointed himself head of executive authority and attorney general. A curfew has been imposed with gatherings of more than three people banned. This coup should be opposed.
By Andrew Williams
The mass uprising in Tunisia which overthrew the hated Ben Ali regime has inspired protests across the Arab world. The struggle now unfolding in Tunisia turns around whether the ruling class can reimpose the old regime, with a few very limited concessions to the masses, or whether the mass movement is able to push things further and impose more radical changes.
Whatever the outcome of this struggle, the mass movement in Tunisia has showed a truly tenacious willingness to mobilise and fight, despite armed repression. This demonstrates the continuing capacity for struggle across the semicolonial world, and has sent shock waves through right-wing regimes world-wide, especially in the Maghreb and Middle East.