ReportingThe present reputation of the Tunisian head of state doesn’t defend him towards a reversal of the social local weather.
“We are going to block so long as our calls for are ignored. “ Mounir Helali proclaims it with the aplomb of a hardened activist within the preventing. Black cap with lengthy visor, thick black beard – stitched with a white betraying the years – the sturdy 35-year-old is sitting on a mattress thrown on a concrete slab.
He by no means ceases to attend, imperturbable, within the scorching dust-soaked air of Redeyef, one of many mining facilities of this Gafsa basin swarming within the steppes of Central-West Tunisia. Right here, the summer season mild which is exalted within the stone hillsides is so blinding that it’s important to rapidly nestle within the first shelter you come throughout.
So, Mounir Helali and his mates wait patiently of their refuge arrange underneath a big forged iron vat the place the phosphate is normally washed. Poor sheets fake to guard them from the sandy winds that hurtle by the conveyors, tracks and metal gangways. Redeyef’s Gafsa Phosphate Firm (CPG) website is as if petrified in bitter and desolate silence, and it’ll stay so so long as Mounir Helali’s gang blocks it. Unemployed, the sixty activists demand to be recruited to the CPG, the one exercise supply of labor in a area tormented by underemployment.
Elsewhere within the Gafsa basin, and specifically in the primary extraction heart of Metlaoui, manufacturing has restarted for the reason that begin of the 12 months after years of blockages and disruptions. The “sitineurs” – as these followers of the “sit-in” are known as in Tunisia – of Redeyef have refused to interrupt camp. They specific in their very own approach the permanence of the social unrest in Tunisia which the Head of State, Kaïs Saïed, took benefit of throughout his victorious presidential marketing campaign of 2019 however which, for lack of options (the unemployment fee of graduates is l order of 38% within the area of Gafsa), may seize his mandate at once.
“Phrases however few actions”
Mounir Helali is a part of this well-liked youth who voted for Kaïs Saïed, a determine of probity acclaimed by these disillusioned with the revolution who wish to revive its beliefs. Nonetheless, he stays uncertain in regards to the capability of the Head of State, who arrogated, on July 25, full powers within the identify of a “Imminent hazard” weighing on establishments, to settle the social query. “For the second, we solely hear phrases however we see few acts He sighs.
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