Ten years after Tunisians toppled their regime and sparked uprisings across the Arab world, they are back on the streets of Tunis and other cities. Nighttime clashes and rioting have engulfed the streets of some of the impoverished areas. The unrest erupted earlier this month over poverty, unemployment and a deteriorating economic situation made worse by the pandemic.
Hundreds of youths clashed with police in cities across Tunisia late on Monday, throwing stones and gasoline bombs in the capital as security forces used tear gas and water cannons to try to quell the unrest. Libby Hogan produced this report.
Ten years ago, mass protests demanding freedom and dignity rocked the Arab World and for a while, hope soared that decades of decay and dictatorship were coming to an end. But internal divisions, foreign intervention, war and authoritarians who stopped at nothing to seize or cling to power dashed much of that hope. CNN’s Ben Wedeman covered most of the uprisings and reflects on the meaning of these events.