Night curfew in Tunisia takes effect despite political tensions
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A night curfew kick-started on Thursday but Ennahdha, Tunisia’s main political party, planned a protest on Friday to mark the 11th anniversary of the country’s revolution.
The calm of the evening is complete in the Tunisian streets. As a night-time curfew between 10 pm and 5 am took effect on Thursday, alleys were empty and terraces closed. Only police vans and onlookers were out.
Earlier this week, the Tunisian Government cited the spike of COVID 19 cases to introduce the measure which is to be “implemented by regional authorities depending on the rate of infection.”
If it is globally respected, political opponents to the President, Kais Said, are doubtful of the leader’s motives as they question if they rely on sanitary or political grounds.
In consequence and despite the curfew, Ennahdha, Tunisia’s main political party, has decided to proceed with its planned protest on Friday, January 14 to mark the 11th anniversary of the country’s revolution.
In a country where half of the population has already been double jabbed, the government hopes to intensify vaccination operations and ensure that the population receives its booster doses