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.