A year ago Tunis’s streets shook to gunfire and screaming. One year after the revolution many Tunisians remain frustrated, uncertain, and yet enthusiastic about their country; frustrated at high unemployment, uncertain about capital flight as investors get nervous, but enthusiastic about their democracy. All are keen to see the ruling Islamist Enahdha party live up to its promises.
“For me there’s been no change. You need a lot of time for that. Politicians, and here I speak especially of the Enahdha party, have never done anything. We understand that they need time but change should come quicker,” said one woman.
“A year after the revolution, nothing has changed. At least before things were safe on the streets, you could go out when you liked. Unemployment’s gone up to at least 800,000 today. Nothing has changed in Tunisia,” agreed a young man.
“It’s just the start. Now the revolution’s goals need to be realised, our youth has to show patience in finding jobs; the government can’t give everyone jobs overnight,” said an older man in a café.
“A year ago to the day a young Tunisian was shot and seriously wounded on this spot, and many Tunisians say a year later nothing has changed. There are fewer jobs, security has crumbled, and as for revolutionary dreams, well… in fact disappointment has set in, and a realisation the bold promises of yesterday have faded in the sun,” says euronews’ correspondent Jamel Ezzedini.