The El Kamour sit-in has lasted for more than three weeks. Set between an oil field and the main road connecting oil wells to the rest of the country, the sit-in, firmly contested by the government and the media, demands the creation of 3,000 jobs and a regional development fund. Negotiations came to an end on April 29 when sit-inners refused to accept the government’s proposal, including the immediate recruitment of 150 employees, and another 350 over the next three months, to work in oil companies, plus an increase (to 30 million dinars) in civil liability allocations. Sunday, May 7, several thousand residents gathered in Tataouine in support of the El Kamour sit-in against media slander and political pressures. Report.
In the distance, the white tents of El Kamour evoke the No DAPL indigenous led movement in North Dakota against fossil-fuel colonialism. About a hundred kilometers from Tataouine, in the middle of nowhere and under a blazing sun, more than 50 large tents are set up around an immense national flag. Over rocky earth, we advance with difficulty towards the tanned faces of protestors, children of the south’s « fellagha. » Their slogan, « Resistance until victory, » dominates the scene, similar to sit-ins staged on confiscated lands in Africa and Latin America. Like Algerians, Bolivians, Ecuadorians and Peruvians before them, Tunisians of the south are taking their turn to ask questions long avoided by authorities and the media concerning natural resources: for whom? for what? and how?