Friday, January 14, 2011

 

An unprecedented event in the Arab world. An uprising of the people, the overthrow of an oppressive government. The US backed dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has fled the country. 



Demonstrations had continued after Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and received 90 percent of the vote last time he was last elected, promised to address peoples' grievances and promised not to stand for election again in 2014. Click here for nice photo recaps of recent events from TheSoesoe38, a YouTube user who has been posting video of events throughout the struggle.

Demonstrations continue as a struggle is underway among the elite for who is to succeed Ben Ali. 

Update 110115:

"This is indeed a mature movement.  Yesterday, I was relaying to Tunisian comrades my concerns that their movement would be aborted by a theatrical and cosmetic change of power which would not uproot the regime.  Today, I woke up to the news that the activists know what they want and will not stop merely because someone in France or US or Israel or Saudi Arabia decided to remove Bin `Ali but keep the regime and army behind power."

From the Angry Arab web log.

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