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FCO updates Tunisia travel advice
Posted on 31/05/2014 , Modified on 20/07/2015

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The FCO travel advice for Tunisia has been updated following the political protests which took place in Tunis on 29 May and as a result of the ongoing tensions in the country. The demonstrations

The FCO travel advice for Tunisia has been updated following the political protests which took place in Tunis on 29 May and as a result of the ongoing tensions in the country. The demonstrations which were staged outside the National Assembly in the capital were in protest of measures enforced to prevent people from voting in the upcoming elections.

"Tunisia is going through a period of political transition following the 2011 revolution, and has experienced protests in the post revolutionary period. After months of political stalemate and heightened tensions, a new constitution was agreed in January 2014 and a new technocratic government was appointed. A State of Emergency, which had been in place since January 2011, was lifted on 5 March."

Political tension

On the night of 27 May, a house belonging to the Minister of the Interior was attacked by gunmen, resulting in the death of four people. Following the incident, the minister issued a statement claiming that a group arrested near the Libyan border were carrying arms and are planning to carry out attacks on industrial and tourist areas.

The FCO website also advises that there could be more protests and although they are usually not aimed at foreigners, international events could lead to a strong anti-western atmosphere at demonstrations and rallies.

The ongoing tension could also cause travel disruption, so allow extra time for journeys and continue to check social media, local and international news for updates.

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