Revolution And Youth Day
Revolution and Youth Day is a holiday observed in Tunisia on January 14th each year. This holiday commemorates the ousting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. Due to Ben Ali’s rampant corruption and widespread unemployment, many Tunisians began to protest in a campaign that came to be known as the Jasmine Revolution and is considered to be part of the Arab Spring.
A month of protest led Ben Ali to declare a nationwide emergency, and he dissolved the government on January 14, 2011. Later that day, Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi went on state TV to tell the people of Tunisia that he was assuming control of the country and that Ben Ali had fled the country.
The History of Revolution and Youth Day in Tunisia
In November of 1987, when Habib Bourguiba was ruled unfit to serve as president by his doctors, Prime Minister Zine El Abidine Ben Ali took the presidency in a bloodless coup d’état. Ben Ali’s rule would end with the Jasmine Revolution in December of 2010.
Interesting Facts About Tunisia
We’ve discovered some interesting facts about Tunisia and would like to share them below with anyone interested in learning them.
- As of 2020, Tunisia has a population of almost 12 million people.
- The capital of this country is Tunis.
- Arabic is the official language of Tunisia, but Tamazight and French are also spoken.
- The Phoenicians settled the area now known as Tunisia as long ago as 1100 BC.
- Tunisia has a coastline that stretches over 713 miles.
- The main agricultural products of Tunisia are citrus fruits, olives, grapes, melons, figs, and grains.
Observing Revolution and Youth Day in Tunisia
This day is a national holiday in Tunisia, and as a result, many people have the day off. It is a day on which schools, government buildings, and most businesses are closed as well. It is also a day on which people remember the political oppression and economic distress they felt and look forward to a better future.