The Tunisian security forces are facing a barrage of criticism following yesterday’s brutal terrorist attack in Sousse.
The news comes just three months after the Tunisian government pledged to beef up security following the March 18 Bardo attack.
The short time frame between the incidents has sparked fury among analysts who’ve accused the government of ignoring advice on how to tighten the country’s security setup.
Mazen Cherif, security analyst for the Tunisian Centre for Global Security Studies told Tunisia Live:
“Here in Tunisia we still haven’t learned our lesson since the Bardo attacks.
“The current government lacks a clear security strategy and they refuse to look into the future or learn from previous mistakes.
“Until they do – incidents like Sousse or Bardo will continue to happen.”
Fellow analyst Youssef Cherif also spoke out about the security response since the Bardo attacks.
“After Bardo, the Tunisian government pledged to strengthen security but the truth is very little was done.
“Security breaches are still the same. There were no systematic searches when you enter official buildings, public offices, nothing.” he said.
Last night Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi vowed again to improve security across the country.
However Cherif believes that the President lacks substance when it comes to improving the security situation here.
“I don’t believe the government when they claim that they will improve the situation.
“For them it is only words without any real action. We’ve attempted to advise successive governments on security issues for the past five years.
“We’ve held conferences and meetings outlining possible strategies but time and time again we are ignored.”
His views were echoed by many of the estimated 2800 tourists who are expected to leave the Sousse and Port Kantouai area today.
Predrag Marjanović is a 55 year old from Belgrade, staying at the Palm Marina”I don’t see anyone of police, army, on the beach. The attack came from the beach and now there is nobody there for protection. I would expect to see the army or at least police.”
“We didn’t see police. This hotel has not see an armed policeman anywhere to give us security, comfort, whatever you want to call it.”
Meanwhile Glen Evans, a British tourist from Yorkshire also criticized police handling of the attack.
“My biggest question of the moment is why it took nearly an hour before a helicopter appeared overhead. he said.
“If Tunisia relies so much on tourism, then the government should at least provide proper security for visitors.”