Defending Tunisia’s constitution

Tunisia faces the challenge of responding to security threats while avoiding a return of the security state that Tunisians rose up against in 2011. It's a rocky but clearly marked path.

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Demonstration in front of the Bardo museum after the attack.Hamideddine Bouali/Demotix. All rights reserved.

Defending Tunisia’s constitution

Tunisia faces the challenge of responding to security threats while avoiding a return of the security state that Tunisians rose up against in 2011. It's a rocky but clearly marked path.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Demonstration in front of the Bardo museum after the attack.Hamideddine Bouali/Demotix. All rights reserved.

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