Before I begin to write this article I first must share a thought for Mohamed Bouazizi. This young despaired, depressed and irritated graduate was the first to rebel in sacrifice and thus highlight the rage of his people against its Tunisian government and particularly against its president and his mafia.
Since his sacrifice, a month of demonstrations in various cities have taken place, despite the dictatorship of the press, the message was able to be portrayed on the international scene. The world witnessed how the Tunisian police fired live ammunition at protesters killing up to 50 people.
One can only be proud to be Tunisian today because this revolt was unaccompanied, without the help or assistance from foreign countries, partners or the silent witnesses under the dictatorship of Ben Ali. This revolt was a mass movement of ‘Real Tunisians’ tired of being trampled over by a mafia clan that all but devoured the country’s wealth. I remember reading an article about the misery and rage of a mother who lost one of her five children during the revolt, quoting her ‘I have lost a child but have 4 other children ready to fight for this change’. This change has long been expected by the Tunisian people, over 23 years since a certain Ben Ali took power through a coup.
Today, there seems to be a gateway for this change with the establishment of a temporary presidency and coalition of ministers. However, will the Tunisian people reap the fruits of this revolt and get the desired change or will it fall under the sway of another totalitarian government?
In all cases, I very much hope the latter does not materialize, as Bouazizi did not die for nothing. The Tunisian people can be proud of him because he has, thanks to his rage against dictatorship, fight for democracy and desire to success, caused a dictator to flee the country for Saudi Arabia.
Every Tunisian national be it home or abroad have their eyes fixed on blogs, social networking sites like twitter, facebook and television channels; in touch and maintaining a national interest about the future of this country and the solutions that we can propose for the constitution of a new government.
The Tunisian people believe in international justice and hope that an international arrest warrant is issued against the dictator Ben Ali. Hopefully he will be tried for all the atrocities he committed during his 23 years in office and that all the stolen fortunes be amassed and redistributed to the Tunisian people.
In the eyes of the world and especially the Arab world, the Tunisian people have taught many generations the values of courage, solidarity and determination. A determined hope and vision for the reconstruction of the country ready to take foot.
Hatem (Guest Contributor)
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