Photojournalist – Tunisia

Battle of Bardo

The assassination of the opponent Chokri Belaid in February 2013, Muslim Brotherhood’s fall in Egypt, and social and economic protests have weakened Ennahdha, the islamist ruling party, which nevertheless attempts to mobilize its supporters to call for government’s legitimacy.

The assassination of deputy and opponent Mohamed Brahmi in July, triggered great popular anger, sixty deputies resign from the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) and  mobilize tens of thousands of people to occupy symbolically Bardo square located in front the NCA building: the “sit -in of departure” was born for several months, to call for government’s resignation and the dissolution of the NCA.

A political crisis paralyses Tunisia, Bardo square becomes the epicentre of anti- government protests. Despite the mobilization of its supporters, terrorist attacks against military will end the resistance of the Islamist party.

Following intense political negotiations in the framework of a « National Dialogue », Rached Ghannouchi, leader of Ennahdha accepts the resignation of the government. Political parties reach consensus on the next prime minister’s nomination on December 14th, 2013. The Battle of Bardo ended on that date, other battles will continue for the young Tunisian democracy .