Eileen Byrne - Tunis

Words and pics
Based in Tunis.


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"Oh dear what can the matter be?

Trouble’s a brewin’ a way down in Battersea…”

Feb 26, 2014 — Angry young men in western Kram, a low-income neighbourhood of Tunis, took to the streets throwing stones and empty beer bottles at the police then dodging down side streets and alleyways to avoid getting nabbed. They set fires across the road to keep the police at bay, and got lungfuls of tear gas in return.

"The police are hitting people," they said in explanation. ("Al-hakim yadrab al-abed”). The spark had been the heavy-handed arrest of a local activist; rumours circulated that the police had beaten up not only the arrested man but also his mother. Streets were left deserted, strewn with stones. 

Back in 2011, Kram had eight “martyrs” — young protesters shot dead by the police — when the neighbourhood joined in the nationwide uprising that overthrew the Ben Ali regime. It is not about to forget its martyrs any time soon.

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"Oh dear what can the matter be?
Trouble’s a brewin’ a way down in Battersea…”
Feb 26, 2014 — Angry young men in western Kram, a low-income neighbourhood of Tunis, took to the streets throwing stones and empty beer bottles at the police then dodging down side streets and alleyways to avoid getting nabbed. They set fires across the road to keep the police at bay, and got lungfuls of tear gas in return.
"The police are hitting people," they said in explanation. ("Al-hakim yadrab al-abed”). The spark had been the heavy-handed arrest of a local activist; rumours circulated that the police had beaten up not only the arrested man but also his mother. Streets were left deserted, strewn with stones. 
Back in 2011, Kram had eight “martyrs” — young protesters shot dead by the police — when the neighbourhood joined in the nationwide uprising that overthrew the Ben Ali regime. It is not about to forget its martyrs any time soon.

Under heavy security, the French ambassador pays a visit to the traditional Jewish pilgrimage on the Tunisian island of Djerba, April 28, 2013.

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Under heavy security, the French ambassador pays a visit to the traditional Jewish pilgrimage on the Tunisian island of Djerba, April 28, 2013.

Summer residence of Habib Bourguiba, Tunisia’s first post-independence president, at Monastir, April 2013

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Summer residence of Habib Bourguiba, Tunisia’s first post-independence president, at Monastir, April 2013
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Things had degenerated after small groups of youths from nearby neighbourhoods attempted to start looting. The police fired teargas, which drifted across the cemetery as the youths set fire to a few cars. Among the gravestones, some mourners plucked sprigs of aromatic herbs and held them to their noses against the smell of tear gas.

 

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 Things had degenerated after small groups of youths from nearby neighbourhoods attempted to start looting. The police fired teargas, which drifted across the cemetery as the youths set fire to a few cars. Among the gravestones, some mourners plucked sprigs of aromatic herbs and held them to their noses against the smell of tear gas.
 
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Tunis, January 14 2013.

Former dictator Ben Ali as footballer, ‘the people’ as football, the parties as players, and the constituent assembly.

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Tunis, January 14 2013.
Former dictator Ben Ali as footballer, ‘the people’ as football, the parties as players, and the constituent assembly.
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Tunis, Tunisia, January 14 2013

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The Commonweath war cemeteries of northern Tunisia were laid out after the Second World War, in the 1950s. Their British designers aimed for an English pastoral style, perhaps naively seeking to create “a corner of some foreign field that is forever England”. Nowadays their manicured side lawns are sometimes used, respectfully, by local boys for football practice. Perhaps this is one way for the living to keep the dead company.

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The Commonweath war cemeteries of northern Tunisia were laid out after the Second World War, in the 1950s. Their British designers aimed for an English pastoral style, perhaps naively seeking to create “a corner of some foreign field that is forever England”. Nowadays their manicured side lawns are sometimes used, respectfully, by local boys for football practice. Perhaps this is one way for the living to keep the dead company.

In 1943, Allied tanks passed through the small town of Thala, western Tunisia, following the Battle of Kasserine that February.

Today Thala is proud of its recent ‘martyrs’, killed by police bullets in the 2011 revolution that ended the authoritarian regime of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Six young victims are commemorated on this monument.  

2012

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In 1943, Allied tanks passed through the small town of Thala, western Tunisia, following the Battle of Kasserine that February.
Today Thala is proud of its recent ‘martyrs’, killed by police bullets in the 2011 revolution that ended the authoritarian regime of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Six young victims are commemorated on this monument.   
2012

With many thanks to Samir Mejdi, Issam and the others at Club UNESCO Alecso Moulares in Im Larayes for their most valuable help.

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جيل الثورة، ام العرايس، تونس

Children of the revolution, Im Larayes, western Tunisia, April 2012

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جيل الثورة، ام العرايس، تونس
Children of the revolution, Im Larayes, western Tunisia, April 2012

"Dolce & Gabbana" Im Larayes, western Tunisia, April 15 2012 The protests were "all about unemployment. Nothing else," the boy in the yellow sweater said. He has yet to find a job since finishing high school four years ago. Copyright © 2012. Eileen Byrne All rights reserved.

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"Dolce & Gabbana" Im Larayes, western Tunisia, April 15 2012 The protests were "all about unemployment. Nothing else," the boy in the yellow sweater said. He has yet to find a job since finishing high school four years ago. Copyright © 2012. Eileen Byrne All rights reserved.

Just click on the title to see more pics and text — from Jendouba, Ghardimaou, Kef, Kasserine in January this year.

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