Taste the taste of freedom

Things are quite interesting here, after years of monotony, Tunis seems like Beirut.

Lots of people marched to Tunis during the last weekend. They spent 4 night in the Kasbah in front of the PM office. I spent several days there, and witnessed solidarity between people who came from different regions and found themselves united in fighting the 1st coalition government. I also found myself caught in confrontations between protestors and police. There are rumours of people infiltrating the crowds and provoking these fights between the two groups. Yet more interesting, the Tunisian media was accused of taking a one-sided view that supported the coalition government. I have to admit that there a lot of signs showing the government using Ben Ali regimes tactics.
The 2nd coalition government was announced on Thursday night, a lot of people were relieved. Still, protestors were still in the Kasbah asking for the resignation of Ghannoushi.
In order to stop the protests and have protestors go back to their cities the government was violent, beating up people and throwing pure gas bombs at people. I hear seven people were dead just on Friday. I also hear thefire shots were heard in Kebili, in the south of Tunisia. I have fears the Tunisian police is not clean from its Ben Ali methods yet.
In the meanwhile, there is a lot of activity among political parties. The PDP already organized a meeting in front of 500 hundred people, with the rapper El General, who was jailed for three days and liberated on Jan 23rd. in the opening. El General was followed by a speech of Maya Jribi and Ahmed Nejib Chebbi.
The other story is the arrival today of Rached Ghannoushi. The airport was sacked with people coming, for the most part to support the returning exiled Ennahdha leader.
On the news, Tunis was topped by the revolution underway in Egypt. A revolution that Tunisians relate to you, and suppor
Taste the taste of freedom

Tunisia today

Quick report on the situation:
4 prisons are empty and all prisoners escaped.
Militias coordinated by old security members are involved in looting, riots, and criminal activities
Army is taking over the security issues in the country.
The most “influential” tunisian corrupted business men related to Ben Ali are being caught in Tunisia, particularly in the Libyan Tunisian border.
New coalition government:
Chief of parliament is temporary president
Old PM is appointed to form a coalition governement.
People are happy about the changes even though the situation is relatively chaotic. We are proud because we obtained our freedom ourselves.


Tunisia today

Violence unleashed

I woke up anxious and tormented and walked straight to the streets to see the remainings of last night’s battle. But, when i arrived to Cité Ettadhamen, Mnihla in the western suburb of Tunis. I wished I was blind, but the overwhelming smell of burining plastic would still describe the intensity of the violence that invaded this large underprivilidged neighbourhood.

Violence was unleashed and flames invaded most banks, a few cars, a bus, two pharmacies, a bakery, an electronics store, and several other shops, the city hall, the municipality, and the post office of Mnihla. Hundreds of people were shocked, they stood along the way in groups trying to know what happened last night. One could see that there was some pillage, and the shops that rioters couldn’t open were tagged. They wrote on them the famous slogan A.C.A.B meaning All Cops Are Bastards. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a single cop in the streets today. I mean no single cop, and that is very strange in Tunis.

What happened last night?

Yesterday cops were surrounding Cité Ettadhamen and no one could either enter or leave. It seemed like cops were preparing to “clean” the area and take control of it, after hundreds of people engaged in riots during the afternoon. I won’t be able to tell you much but it seems that troops with guns and bullets engaged with unarmed groups of kids. This morning the kids were still there, while the cops disappeared leaving some souvenirs of their passage. This picture may give an idea about the outcome of the battle.

where's the cop
Kids vs Cops


I decided to leave the scene, even though the scene wouldn’t leave my head. I headed to the University of Law of Tunis. University professors were protesting because of the murder of Hatem Bettaher, who was shot in the head by police forces yesterday. The professors were signing a petition and calling for a general strike tomorrow in Tunis, along with other worker’s union. They had clear demands, even though they were not acting under any recognized structure. Their demands included the liberation of all people detained in the last protests and the dilution of the house of representatives, and the counselors. I wasn’t able to obtain the full report but they will be announcing soon during the day.

The other news of the day is the pseudo press conference organized by Sakher El Materi, the son in law of the president and the strangely young and succesfull business man. He announced that he didn’t run away from Tunisia, but that he was just gave a ride to his wife who went to Canada. He also had an interesting discussion with @Emnabenjemaa who spoke openly with him about the recent controversies around his person. He certainly tried to negate the corruption accusations, but that didn’t seem to affect the people’s opinion.


Violence unleashed

Agony of despair

I am drowning in an ocean of agony. An overwhelming discomfort fills my space, the pendulum loses its beats, and the room becomes obscure.

I fight, but the pain invades my thoughts, ties my dreams, runs in my veins, and fills my senses with despair. I escape to the streets. But I find it everywhere; it filled the wind, grew on the trees, and expelled the geese.

I see it in people’s look, as if they just heard the news. I quickly run back to my room, before the curfew starts. I shelter under my blanket to keep the sound of the marching army away.

Peaceful thoughts start to spring, I start to feel relief. But as soon as I uncover my head, I find it standing there by my door, waiting for me. It suffocates me, yet it doesn’t kill me.

I just want to be free!

Agony of despair