Tunisian activists call for stability

The same energy that helped turn an online campaign into a national revolution is now directed towards Tunisia’s recovery.
Tunisia’s internet-based activists played a prominent role in sparking the regime ouster. Now they are using their online voices to calm the revolutionary rage and urge people to return to normalcy.

Replacing the byword of the revolution, “Degage”, a group of activists launched a Facebook campaign, “Je m’engage à protéger la Tunisie” (“I’m committed to protecting Tunisia”).

The goal of this initiative is to educate Tunisians, especially youths, about the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the country and not contributing in the vandalism and chaos, activist and member of the Facebook group Sourour Boukadida said.

Thousands of employees, officials and citizens demonstrated across the country demanding the restoration of stability and calm. They held up slogans: “No to demonstrations, Yes to work”, and “No right, No left, the people want stability”.

“The success of the revolution cannot be accomplished if workers and staff do not return to work, save the national economy and stop the impasse that the country is going through nowadays,” journalist Moubarka Kdhiri, who participated in the protests, said.

In response to these calls, Tunisian citizens returned to practice their everyday work. The streets of the capital buzz with life anew. Stores and educational institutions are now open, as people plod through the busy traffic.

“There is a desire of everyone to work and contribute to compensate for the losses and put the country on the right path, and this prompts us to be optimistic that what is coming will be better, especially if this feeling of security continues,” Thouraya Yaakoubi said.

The country has entered a new turning point, many observers noted. The economic activity is undergoing a relative recovery, and the security situation has improved.

The changes positively affected the volume transactions in the Tunisian Stock Exchange, which resumed its operations on March 7th after a break that lasted more than a week. It achieved a remarkable growth estimated at over 5.5 billion dinars.

The current situation has become more transparent to investors due to the recent measures adopted by the provisional government, which aim to establish a climate of optimism, according to Association of Stock Exchange Brokers chief Adel Grar.

Meanwhile, trade unions made repeated appeals on citizens to return to work.

The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) on March 4th called on all Tunisian people to intensify their efforts in the work and commitment in order to push the economic institutions of public and private education to preserve jobs.

The General Syndicate for Secondary Education urged students and educators to pursue the studies and respect class hours. It called on students to refrain from causing riots and trouble inside the educational institutions and skipping classes. Meanwhile, the education ministry decided to hold the Tunisian bac exams on schedule.

“Enough wasting time,” student Jabeur Mzoughi said. “Tunisia is in a desperate need of its children in this period. We must all unite and serve this good country in order to restore its prestige among the nations.”

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