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Black Thursday (1978)

BLACK THURSDAY (1978)

tunisian riots between government forces and striking workers over a sagging economy.

On 26 January 1978, demonstrations organized by the Union Générale des Travailleurs Tunisiens (UGTT; General Union of Tunisian Workers) in Tunis led to clashes between state security forces and striking workers. Scores of demonstrators were killed and injured, and hundreds of UGTT members, including its leadership under Habib Achour, were arrested. The demonstrations were organized to protest a worsening economic crisis in Tunisia brought on by state policies as framed in the Five-Year Plan of 19731977.

see also achour, habib; tunisia.

Bibliography


Perkins, Kenneth. Tunisia: Crossroads of the Islamic and European Worlds. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1986.

Matthew S. Gordon

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