At least 20,000 Tunisians marched for national unity on May 1, 2012, as a part of International Workers' Day in Tunis. Marching with their flag and national colors, the demonstrators shouted slogans such as "Work brings back national dignity," "Bread, freedom and national dignity," and "No fear nor terror, power in the hands of the people!"
The demonstrations were among the many May Day protests worldwide.
Our Tunisian contributor wrote:
1st may 2012 ,thousands of Tunisians gathered in downtown Tunis , to celebrate International Workers' Day.
People were taking their slogan to demand their rights for work,to raise their chance for employment , and equal opportunities for Tunisia's south and interior region !
The first celebration began in front of the headquarters of the UGTT, the eminent labor union in Tunisia,in Mohamed Ali Square.
A lot of Tunisians assembled, brandishing flags, placards, banners to reclaim their rights for work and to continue in realizing the the goals of the revolution which are :
-Chance for employment,dignity,freedom of speech,prosecution of the symbols of corruption..
With accompaniment by a percussion of fireworks, demonstrators sang the national and labor union anthems and other revolutionary songs,which they had used to sing in the period of revolution and in Kasbah's protest...!
Sense of humor was present as usual in the events of Tunisia, as in this picture, I'll translate, the guy wrote: well, spend 750 billion dinars to hire young, and when things getting better in Tunisia, you can start stealing after :)
Some groups were divided between claiming in the favor of the actual government and others against them .
Specially the merchant , who were happy for offering them a new space which will allow them to sell their merchandise , and it is situated near to the Tunisian station of trains and metro .
Other slogan was :
- Employment is a national problem and not a partisan issue.
-Prosecution of the symbols of corruption before reconciliation.
-The media is public and non-governmental, independent media.
Something very important, to notice in International Workers' Day in Tunisia yesterday . Police respected the demonstrators ! No violence !