Show Me The Money: Tunisia, Which Launched The Arab Spring, Illustrates Region's New Economic-Political Dilemma

March 22, 2014 11:16 AM

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Show Me The Money: Tunisia, Which Launched The Arab Spring, Illustrates Region's New Economic-Political Dilemma

“We reject the prime minister’s announcement,” Wasseem, who declined to give his last name, said, referring to new Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa’s pledge earlier this month to freeze public sector hiring. “We came today to defend our right to work and our right to live,” Wasseem added.

Demonstrators, led by the UDC, a union of unemployed university graduates, said Tunisia’s current government, like its predecessors in the days before the Arab Spring, fails to take youth unemployment, estimated at 30 percent, seriously. “They push us,” he said.

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