Ouled Jaballah: A farmer’s uprising

It all began on February 10, 2021. For two months, the price of fodder kept increasing with no reaction from the local authorities. Provoked by this silence, the farmers of Ouled Jaballah decide to protest.
07 November 2021
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Dhia Bousselmi
Aïda Delpuech, Emna Mornagui
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Oussema Gaidi
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Omar Aloulou

"On February 11, the police arrived in the early morning. We were still at home when they started firing tear gas and rubber bullets towards the houses. They entered private homes and arrested three people.” 

Under the winter sun on February 18, 2021, nearly 200 people gathered in front of the Mellouleche district building, a few kilometers south of Mahdia. Since February 10, the farmers from the surrounding area (from the village of Ouled Jaballah in particular), had been demonstrating in response to the soaring prices of compound fodder*, which is essential for feeding their livestock.

For several months, the price of fodder kept increasing with no reaction from the local authorities. Provoked by this silence, the farmers of Ouled Jaballah sharpened their tone: " In Mahdia, the governor refused to meet us. When we returned, we decided to prevent access to the village and to hold a sit-in at the village junction", says young farmer Mohamed Mechri. As a result, the farmers of Ouled Jaballah began coordinating retaliations. 

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