Theft covered by the government is so gross in Tunisia that in one secret American cable released by Wikileaks we hear an American diplomat saying that song “This land is your land, this land is my land” has an evil interpretation in Tunisia. For example: one Tunisian official saw a French yacht in a port. He stole it, painted it different color, and returned to the same part. The French businessman got the yacht back only after making a big scandal through his embassy, in 2008 (read here ). In other words: all that is worth having is stolen in Tunisia by the families close to the government. According to "Newsweek" , after the coup of 2011, Ben Ali and his "family" ran a "mafia state" in Tunisia.
writes on the social classes participating in the rebellion (2011): “The current uprising is of the unemployed university graduate youth, and it is marked by its ability to combine the social with the
Ben Ali go democratic”.
“Foreign Policy” writes : “The prevailing culture holds up university education as the key to security and social advancement. However, universities do not produce young people with training that meets the needs of an economy that depends on low-skilled jobs in tourism and clothing manufacturing. This mismatch between education and expectations on the one hand, and the realities of the marketplace on the other, generates serious frustrations for young people who invested in university educations but cannot find commensurate work. The challenge is particularly dire for young people in the interior. While estimates of national unemployment range from 13 to 16 percent, unemployment among university graduates in Sidi Bouzid ranges between 25 and 30 percent”.
Also involved in the movement were the middle classes, specifically the lawyers which the government literally beat: “On 6 January, 95% of Tunisia's 8,000 lawyers went on strike, according to the chairman of the national bar association. He said "The strike carries a clear message that we do not accept unjustified attacks on lawyers. We want to strongly protest against the beating of lawyers in the past few days." It was reported on the following day that teachers had also joined the strike” (Wikipedia).
The protests and riots did not result in a revolution (in 2011), i.e. an overthrow of
the old, corrupt system of government and capitalist institutions, but only in a re-shuffle of the existing government. The same individuals who ruled the country in the Ben-Ali era (1987-2011) remained in power. More specifically, Wikipedia writes: “The Tunisian military brought about the 14 Jan. ousting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali when they chased off his security forces. After Ben Ali was forced into exile, Army Commander Rashid Ammar pledged to ‘protect the revolution’.” As we see, the same ruling clique remained in power. Al-Jazeera writes : “The root causes of this revolution are still not resolved”.
The old state system, e.g. police, prisons, have remained the same, nothing has changed. Watch this 2015 video about police treatement of its citizens in Tunisia.