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Tunisia and Steps to Overthrow the Dictator Ben Ali
Tunisia and Steps to Overthrow the Dictator Ben Ali
For two weeks expanding protests have been taking place in Tunisia initially flaring in the state of Sidi Bouzid. Security forces confronted protestors, arresting lawyers and activists who were in the forefront of the demonstrators.
Thursday, December 30,2010 18:33

For two weeks expanding protests have been taking place in Tunisia initially flaring in the state of Sidi Bouzid. Security forces confronted protestors, arresting lawyers and activists who were in the forefront of the demonstrators. Police and demonstrators scuffled briefly as up to 1,000 Tunisians held a rare rally calling for jobs in a show of solidarity with youths protesting in poorer regions.

The protests prompted Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to promise that all responsible for the protests would be severely punished, describing those accountable as extremists and instigators, accusing them of spreading violence and riots in the streets. 

According to Rashid Ghannouchi, Islamic intellectual, and leader of Tunisia’s Al-Nahda Islamic Movement, Rashid Ghannouchi accused President Zine El Abidine Ali’s ruling regime as being widely responsible for the aggravation and escalating events taking place in the country; stressing that the protests came about as a result of the unemployment crisis and against the backdrop of demands for better economic conditions.

Ghannouchi stressed in a statement to the Muslim Brotherhood’s website, Ikhwanweb that the regime must bear responsibility for the bloodshed after it continued to strip the country’s citizens of their livelihood, stressing that anger erupted because young people feel their horizons are blocked, and because of a sense of injustice. He slammed the tactics used by the regime as security forces faced protestors firing live bullets at them.

He accused Europe of being a partner in advocating such a leader, calling on the European and Islamic nations to unite with the oppressed and to stand in the face of a country suffering under corrupt authority, which does not hesitate to fire live bullets at people whose only crime was demanding their most basic rights; the right to live.

Also speaking to Ikhwanweb, coordinator of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Tunisia, Ben Arfa, highlighted that the events taking place in Tunisia follow the anger by the people after they suffered failed economic and social decisions by the government and the absence of equitable distribution of wealth. He added that the authority's failure to benefit from the lesson of the previous wave and the frequency of disregarding calls by the opposition and civil society forces will only result in dire consequences which will threaten the future of the country. Ben Arfa stressed that the crisis would only end through constructive national dialogue. He expressed disappointment with the President’s speech where Ben Ali hoped to emerge from the crisis by insisting on a solution based on security.
An article in the Guardian commented on the large protests taking place in Tunisia, says writer Brian Whitaker in his article in this regard:
That a small incident where a man committed suicide because of unemployment has become the catalyst for a wave of mass protests taking place in Tunisia, could possibly threaten the end of the presidency of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
The writer goes on to say that most Arab regimes are based on patronage networks in order to stay in power, but the base of support of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, seems relatively small and fragile, as WikiLeaks has uncovered documents highlighting that Washington believes that the regime in Tunisia must communicate with the people, and tolerate any advice or criticism concerning the rampant corruption in the country.

tags: Tunisia / Protests / Security Forces / Solidarity / Ruling Regime / Muslim Brotherhood / Europe / Washington / Activists / Ben Ali / Sidi Bouzid / Tunisians / Tunisian President / Rashid Ghannouchi / Al-Nahda Islamic Movement / Islamic Nations / Guardian / Brian Whitaker / Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
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Possible Tughlag
People may agitate or raise their heads in Tunisia or in Algeria but it will never happen in Egypt. Egyptians have become so dumb, deaf and blind for the last 30 years hence they know only to pamper Hosni Mubarak.
Friday, December 31,2010 13:05
Regime Change? Is it good? kodimirpal
Disunity among the Ummah is very dangerous and it may provide a murderous opportunity for the adversaries to add fuel to the fire. After all, Ahmedinejad had not been a corrupt, incompetent or an immoral ruler. He has scored more than pass mark (I will give him a Merit Pass) There is no hard evidence to prove that the recent election was a farce. Try to go back to the earliest time of Islamic history when Khalifa Uthman ibn Affan (ra) was assassinated and when Ali ibn Abi Talib (ra) assumed the leadership of the nation of Islam. The cunning Muawiyah and his group wanted the culprits, who planned and executed the assassination to be caught and punished as soon as possible, but Ali (ra) wanted to concentrate on the peace, unity and administration of the Ummah, but his adversaries were stubborn and had a political axe to grind. This led to the weakening and disintegration of the Nation of Islam. Did Islam gain by this sort of rationalistic freedom? This is exactly what may happen in Iran if the followers of Mousavi pursued their selfishness and greed for political power. They may play into the hands of the enemies of Iran who have been waiting for a pretext and an opportunity to destabilize the nation and in the process help the ambitions of the greatest enemy of Islam (Israel). For the sake of saving the millions of innocent people of a Muslim nation, at times we have to forgive and forget the shortcomings of our leaders and rulers rather than trying to change the regime, create massive anarchy ( look at Afghanistan) by getting help from insincere and manipulating Non-Muslim world powers. Iraq is right in front of our eyes. Tens of thousands of People like me hated Saddam Hussein and went to the extent of morally co-operating with his opponents and dissidents in seeking help to punish and execute Saddam and overthrow his administration (Remember Dr. Ahmed Chalabi and gang). What were the consequences? But right now the same people feel the foolishness, naivety and immaturity of such political thinking and wish if only Saddam had remained in power and we could have saved the deaths of about 12 lakh Iraqis and about 40 lakh people becoming refugees, over 6 lac widows and about 5 lakh orphans and the nation going to the dogs. Who was responsible for this tragedy? Case Two: Afghanistan: Islam was trying hard to destroy group loyalty and tribalism, but the people of Afghan gave importance to their tribes: Pushtu, Hazar, Tajik, Uzbeks, Turkmen, Kyrgyzs etc, and their leaders like Burhanuddin, Ahmed Mashod, Hikmatyar and others could have reconciled for the sake of the unity of the nation and Ummah but ego and greed for political power corrupted them and brought horrendous bloodshed, devastation and sufferings to the millions of innocent people and brought a shame to Islam in the world. In conclusion I will say that we have to be patient, pray hard and should not try to create anarchy and confusion in Muslim societies for the sake of political power. There are hard lessons for the Indian Muslims from these tragedies. United we stand and divided we fall. Let us wait until Allah swt Bring about a change in leadership
Sunday, January 16,2011 08:19
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