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Gafsa has been a bastion of revolt for over a century. Young men there mobilized against the former regime of Ben Ali as early as 2008 and were at the vanguard of the revolution that led to the president’s ouster in January 2011. A year and some months after the so-called Jasmine revolution that caught the world by surprise, Al-Monitor, which had the only cameraman on the ground during the riots last week, went back to the region only to find that disenchantment was still running high. Unemployment is twice the national average, and marginalized youths regularly clash with police forces. They say their fate has not improved and that they are the forgotten lot of the revolution.