Dec 09, 2018 14:45 Asia/Tehran
  • Red vest protesters take to the streets of Tunisia
    Red vest protesters take to the streets of Tunisia

A group of young Tunisians, modelling themselves on anti-capitalist 'yellow vest' movement in France, protested in Tunisia.

Iran Press/ Africa: A group of young Tunisians, modelling themselves on anti-austerity and anti-capitalist 'yellow vest' movement in France, have recently formed the 'red vest' movement in Tunisia.

Young Tunisian activists published a statement on various social media websites, and officially announced the formation of the 'red vest' movement in Tunisia, calling for 'change and reforms' in the country, Iran Press reported on Sunday.

The statement makes it clear that the 'red vests' will only take part in peaceful protests.

Meanwhile, the Tunisian prime minister Youssef Chahed, who has sparred with the president of the country on a number of occasions, said: "fighting corruption is absolutely essential."

It is worth noting that fighting corruption is a key demand of the 'red vest' movement in Tunisia. 

Also thousands of teachers in Tunisia took to the streets on Friday in the fifth day of protests demanding an increase in salaries.

Teachers in Tunisia’s second largest city, Sfax, like in other parts of the country have boycotted the first trimester exams amid rising tensions with government over wages.

Disagreements over salary increase, professional promotions, special grants among others, have fuelled tensions between the government and the teachers union.

Meanwhile, Tunisian parents have taken to the social media, to criticize the boycott of exams by teachers, which they believe affects the academic performance of their children.

Since the 2011 revolution, the education sector has been disrupted several times in Tunisia due to teacher protests.

A group of young Tunisians, modelling themselves on anti-austerity and anti-capitalist 'yellow vest' movement in France, have formed the 'red vest' movement in Tunisia, protesting against the economic policies of the Tunisian government, as well as high unemployment and rising cost of living.

In the recent days, people in some European countries supported this movement.

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