PhD Student Melissa Pavlik: “The Pandemic Is Providing Cover for ‘Opportunistic Repression’”

Melissa Pavlik
January 31, 2022

PhD Student Melissa Pavlik has a new article in World Politics Review entitled “The Pandemic Is Providing Cover for ‘Opportunistic Repression.”


“On Wednesday, Tunisia announced that it had restored its pandemic-era restrictions, imposing a 10 p.m. curfew and banning all gatherings for two weeks. According to President Kais Saied’s government, the decision was made in order to combat the recent, rapid spread of the coronavirus’s omicron variant. Yet the timing was suspect. It came merely two days before rival political parties were scheduled to lead a massive demonstration against Saied’s concentration of power in his own hands. The main opposition party, Ennahda, immediately promised to defy the ban and called for its supporters to demonstrate anyway.”