March 25, 2023

On Thursday, March 9 at 19:30 GMT:
Activists in Tunisia are elevating alarm over a rise in racist violence and hate speech in opposition to sub-Saharan African migrants and refugees who reside within the nation. The more and more inflammatory rhetoric has additionally been accompanied by crackdown on migrants marked by arrests, detentions and evictions.

The outrage follows current statements by Tunisian President Kais Saied espousing what protesters are saying is xenophobic and anti-Black racist rhetoric. President Saied claimed that the presence of migrants is a part of a plot to vary the nation’s demographic composition. Following backlash, he made a press release denouncing racism and asserting adjustments to visa guidelines for African residents.

Whereas activists stay skeptical of his bulletins, the rhetoric, critics say, is just like the “nice alternative concept”; a well-liked conspiracy concept amongst nationalists used to stoke populist and xenophobic help.

This comes at a time when the nation’s financial, political and social stability continues to say no main analysts to view The flip in opposition to migrants and refugees as a brazen try to scapegoat the nation’s decline.

Anti-Black racism and anti-immigrant sentiment have lengthy been a simmering subject within the nation, and in solidarity many Tunisians are taking to the streets and social media to protest in help of migrants and share their very own experiences with anti-Black racism in Tunisia.

In response, international locations and worldwide our bodies alike have condemned the violence and speech. The world financial institution is pausing future work with the nation the african union has issued a press release denouncing the remedy of migrants, and several other sub-Saharan international locations have begun repatriation of residents who want to depart Tunisia.

On this episode of The Stream, we’ll take a look at what’s driving racism and violence in opposition to Black individuals in Tunisia.

On this episode of The Stream, we communicate with:
Eliza Volkmann @EliziaVolkmann

Khawla Ksiksi
Activist and Co-founder, Voices of Black Tunisian Girls

Amna Guellali @aguellaa
Deputy regional director for MENA, Amnesty Worldwide

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