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Tunisia : no to class collaboration!

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  • Cort Greene
    Tunisia : no to class collaboration! August 2, 2013 at
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      Tunisia : no to class collaboration!
      August 2, 2013 at

      In the aftermath of the assassination on the 25thof July of Mohamed
      Brahmi, the Nasserite deputy and member of the Popular Front, the
      leadership of left and right wing parties along with the main trade union,
      UGTT and the bosses organisation UTICA, gathered together into a political
      initiative called the �National Salvation Front�. Its main aims are the
      dissolving of the National Constituent Assembly as well as the setting up
      of a �technocratic government�. Such a government would be in charge of
      taking urgent measures regarding �economic, social and political security�.
      The signatories demand the creation of a �committee of experts� in charge
      of drawing up a constitution to be submitted to a referendum. Scandalously,
      the Popular Front (a coalition of left wing and Arab nationalist parties)
      and the UGTT trade union joined the initiative, side by the side with Nidaa
      Toun�s and UTICA, respectively the party and the organisation of the

      B�ji Ca�d Essebsi, the former Prime Minister and leader of Nidaa Toun�s,
      presents itself to the opinion as the main opponent to Ennahdha, the
      Islamist party in power. His ideology can be traced back to a lengthy
      philosophical Tunisian tradition (�Modernism�) which cares for
      apetty-bourgeois form of women�s emancipation, along with the openness to
      the Western culture. This ideology is resolutely opposed to the
      philosophical tradition of the Muslim Brotherhood, adept to a return to a
      society that wouldbe governed in accordance to the Islamic law and do away
      with the influence of Sufi and Western traditions.

      The previous elections were the scene of very violent verbal confrontations
      between these two ideologies, to the extent of hiding the main issue which
      is the misery and under-development which affects affects many regions of
      the country, particularly in the interior. The Communist-Nasserite
      Revolutionary Alternative coalition was the only political organisation to
      defend a program which set its priorities in favour of the disadvantaged
      classes and the youth.

      From the 27th of February till the24th of December 2011, the period during
      which he was Prime Minister, B�ji Ca�d Essebsi initiated a resolutely
      pro-capitalist policy, under the authority of the World Bank and the IMF.
      Nicknamed the Deauville Partnership, this policy gave birth to reactionary
      reforms from the point of view of the Tunisian workers and large layers of
      society. He put the Tunisian state under the diktat of the IMF and the
      World Bank for everything regarding capital flows, public debt and social

      Decided in an anti-democratic way by a non-elected government, this policy
      has been carried on under the government of the Tro�ka, emanating from the
      elections that took place on the 23rdof October 2011, a government in which
      Ennahdha is the main component. Among all the opposition parties, only the
      Popular Front, heir of the Revolutionary Alternative coalition, has been
      denouncing this felony. A few days before being assassinated in February,
      his leader Chokri Bela�d violently opposed to the subjugation of the
      country by the IMF/WB. As for Deputy Mohamed Brahmi, he denounced the links
      between Ennahdha and Nidaa Toun�s, just a few days before being
      assassinated too. Besides, we know now that even Ennahdha seeks to join the
      National Salvation Front!

      The fact is that the so-called opposition between religious and secular is
      a myth, well maintained by the two parties. On the one hand, it is obvious
      that the implementation of the*charia* can be nothing but a catastrophe for
      all women in the country. On the other hand, petty-bourgeois feminism would
      benefit only a *part* of Tunisian women. They are theones that run
      capitalist companies, those who occupy high level positions inside the
      administration and all women who belong to the well-off middle class with a
      high standard of living. But the other women of the country, like the
      oppressed workers in the textile industry, the cleaning ladies that have
      been exploited since their childhood by bourgeois families and victims of
      all kinds of harassment, the young graduated women who desperately seek a
      future, in summary, the majority of women would not win any benefit. Only
      the liberation of the whole Tunisian working class will permit the social
      and political emancipation of *all*Tunisian women.

      Blinded by the haste of events, the UGTT and the Popular Front don�t take
      into account the mass mobilisations that are taking place in entire regions
      of the country. Workers and the unemployed have taken by storm governorates
      and town halls of entire regions in the interior of the country, and
      decided to march on the capital Tunis. Faced with the idea of a National
      Salvation government, the alternative is a revolutionary assembly,based on
      revolutionary committees in the workplaces and neighbourhoods, in the
      cities and regions, electing representatives to a genuine Revolutionary
      Constituent Assembly to take over the running of the country. Tunisian
      revolutionaries desperately need a political expression of their
      mobilisation on the ground. Instead of participating in the �National
      Salvation Front�, this last embodiment of class collaboration, the Popular
      Front and the UGTT must trust their social basis and march towards the
      conquest of power, thus, also kick starting the Arab and world socialist


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