Interesting week…lots of information and new developments. Our monthly Expat Security Professionals Network meeting went well. It’s always good to network and share information.
Tunisia’s minister of religious affairs has once again bravely gone on the record to echo the tolerant & flexible attitude which most Tunisians have towards religion:
“any attempts to enforce a new lifestyle on Tunisians is rejected. Violence is unacceptable in all its forms, whether for religious or political reasons. Violence is condemned and forbidden in Islam and is entirely contrary to the benefits of the revolution.”
Still as Expats we should recognize that we have entered a new phase in this process. While the initial signs point to a shift on the part of the Ennahda party; many issues brew underneath the surface.
Developments to monitor
Using their situational awareness skills, many expats have correctly noted the increase of police check points and military presence around town. Additionally, expats have emailed me about the increase military presence in Carrefour and other key sites.
On a positive front Ansar al-Sharia has stated that they have canceled their May 24th protest, however they have also posted threats on their facebook page:
“we will unleash a terrible surprise on the enemies of religion and the bringers of humiliation and rage.”
It is safe to say that we will continue to see tensions build between Tunisian security forces and members of Ansar al-Sharia.
Consider the following for Friday and throughout your weekend:
- Avoid unnecessary travel into the interior of Tunisia: Kairouan, Sillana, Zaghouan, and Sidi Bouzid
- Avoid places of that are subject to protest: Downtown Tunis (Interior Ministry), Bardo (congressional assembly), and Ennahda political offices throughout town.
- If driving make sure your papers are in order.
- Make sure you have a practical way of staying inform such as checking the Tunisia Security Update Facebook Page from time to time.
Louis Pasteur once stated that “fortune favors the prepared mind”, likewise security favors the prepared Expat.
Let’s stay in touch and continue to share information.