Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Tunisia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Tunisia

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See also Syria

Feb. 25: In Tunis, more than 3,000 union protesters demanded the resignation of the Tunisian government after members of the ruling Ennahda party allegedly defaced union offices. Members of the liberal Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), the center-leftEttajdid, and the Tunisian Communist party joined the demonstrations. [DS, 2/25]

Feb. 28: Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki stated that Tunisia was ready to grant Syrian President Bashar al-Asad and his family asylum as part of a negotiated settlement. A week earlier, Marzouki called for judicial immunity for Asad and his family. [DS, 2/28]

Mar. 9: Hundreds of demonstrators, many of them associated with the ruling moderate Islamist Ennahda party, called for Tunisian state television to be cleaned up. Demonstrators alleged that the station was close to former Tunisian ruler Zine El-'Abidine Ben 'Ali. The protests followed a February 22 Tunisian court decision that removed the ban on pornographic websites. Furthermore, three Tunisian journalists were arrested and detained - the first since the revolution - on charges of offending public morality for posting a controversial photograph of Tunisian-German Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira and his German model girlfriend Lena Gercke. …

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