Prominent Tunisian opposition leader and member of the People Movement Party, Mohamed Brahmi, was assassinated in front of his home last month, July 25. This has caused further anger amongst the opposition and revolutionary movements who demand real democracy and social justice.
Six months ago another prominent secular leftist opposition leader Shokri Belaid was assassinated. There have been speculations that the same radical group has been involved in both crimes. At the same time, the opposition accuses the Ennahda ruling party of using intimidation as a means to stay in office after it had pledged to leave office within a year. Ennahda has been in power for nearly two years.
Rached Ghannouchi, Ennahda party chairman, presented to form a national unity government if all parties take part, but also said that a non-partisan party could not “manage the delicate situation in the country.”
The Arab Spring first emerged in Tunisia when Tarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouaziz set himself on fire due to constant harassment from officials and not being able to make ends meet. It sparked a wave of protests and strikes that toppled the Western-backed dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, sparking revolutions across the region and hope around the world.
The current opposition and revolutionary movements in Tunisia have been organizing and calling for Tamarod (or rebel) by collecting signatures against the government’s institutions. The revolution in Tunisia is ongoing and it will continue until the demands of people are met.