Tunisia’s Assassination and Dangerous Dynamic

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After Chokri Beliad was assassinated, Tunisian officials attempted to move swiftly to keep the politics of the still unstable nation from falling apart. Belaid was the head of an alliance of leftist parties, and with his death came the explosion of those already angered by what they see as the remaining lack of certain rights in Tunisia. What started with a Tunisia fruit vendor setting himself on fire in December 2010 eventually became mass riots all across North Africa and the Middle East from populations demanding a change in government. Though there has been much progressive change in nations such as Tunisia, the change is unfortunately still raw and many do not feel that their concerns have been properly met.

As a Foreign Policy article points out, this assassination and revolt is not only a tragedy for Tunisia, but may also prove dangerous for the other nations involved in the Arab Spring. Tunisia “is regarded by many onlookers as the Arab Spring country with the best preconditions for success. If it stumbles, the likelihood of a positive outcome for other democratic aspirants, like Egypt or Libya, starts to look even shakier.” What could be troubling is if the strife that has been accumulating in the past few months creates the second wave of revolutions that many Middle Eastern specialists have been fearing.

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