Congratulations Tunisia!

AL Jazeera and many other TV channels (including the Tunisian ones) announced that Ezzine and his family have left the country. The dictator talked to his people three times in one month and every time he had made new concessions. The Tunisians were wise enough and kept the movement running. Today Ezzine dismissed all his government and then fled the country.

Let’s hope this dearly acquired freedom will not be confiscated by the army, the police or some remnants of Zine El Abidine’s regime (what happened to Abdallah Kallel?)

I cannot but compare with Algeria, my country. We lived similar events on October 1988, 22 years ago (I just realise it was a long time ago). Changes were made but they weren’t enough. The population has been betrayed again by the Pouvoir who finally stayed in power and by the opposition which sold its soul.

We will see how things will go in Tunisia. Today, everyone should remember Mohamed Bouazizi and make a prayer for him.

Update: Dilem’s caricature…


9 thoughts on “Congratulations Tunisia!

  1. Yes indeed. Allah yarhmou…May ALLAH accepts him as a martyr.
    May all dictators, tyrants, war lords… burn in hell for eternity!

  2. I think that the Tunisians deserve our respect. They have not stopped protesting, and they kept raising their demands.

    Do you think that Boutef et Jma3tou will do anything (freedom of expression for e.g.) to prevent similar events happening in Algeria. Or have they got the people hypnotised for decades to come?

    • If France and/or the colons had accepted to implement the several plans to improve justice/equality among the “indigènes”, it’s not sure that we’d have had our 1954 war. Probably things would have evolved differently with one of the different versions of the “third force”. Of course we would have been independent eventually as this was the trend after WWII.
      But they didn’t accept it so they had to leave the hard way. It’s good because it gave us some pride…
      The same thing happened in Tunisia with Ben Ali. He didn’t accept to let 1% freedom to his people so he too had to leave escorted by the army. (It’s funny that Sarkozy didn’t accept to host him so he had to go to KSA). With Tunisia, I hear that Kallal (mentioned in my post) is still in charge, etc. so it looks like the regime is going to make something similar to what we experienced after the 1992 coup (HCE, etc.) for it to stay in charge, and those Tunisians who call to continue the demonstrations might be right.

      The situation in Algeria is different, you’ve got more than 40 “opposition parties”, you are free to say whatever you want, etc. So by doing this, the regime I think has bought itself extra time.
      Now the situation has tightened since Bouteflika is in charge. I bet he’ll take Ben Ali’s fate as a warning (or at least he should) and release things a little, and perhaps change his plans on internet access, etc. Perhaps are we going to have private TV channels (which will be as mediocre as MBC, LBC and the Egyptian ones). Belkhadem now probably regrets his early support of a 4th mandate for Bouteflika, and the president may rethink about his idea to give the country to his brother…

      Many Arab leaders (Jordan, Yemen, Mauritania) are taking it as a warning and already announced some “social” improvements. Wonder what Mubarak, Qaddafi and M6 will do… Syria’s president is still saved by the “foreign enemies”, plus my knowledge about it (sects, groups, etc.) makes me think it would be worse than Iraq should Al Assad leave.

  3. Congratulation to the Tunisians for this good step forward, I would guess this is not it, there is still a lot for the Tunisians to do, Certainly this is rather the begining of a long term battle. Also Tunisians may have a decade or so to have their own Bouteflika.

    I think Bouteflika is neither dictatorship nor perfect, but at least he is far top than Benali…, in terms of every thing and for many reasons…, Also Algerians are much aware now than before, say 25 years forward of the Tunisians. and I don’t see this will happen to Algeria again at least for the next couple of decades, well the rest will depends of how our children are educated right now.

    • Welcome back Mohamed Cherif.

      I agree with you on the remaining effort to make in Tunisia, but I am not sure about how many years.

      As to Bouteflika not being a dictator… Well he’s the head of a state where the reigning regime is a dictatorship, and I believe there were less than 90.24% of people who voted for him last time.
      But I am not surprised to hear this from you given that you’ve signed a petition for him to get a Nobel Prize. Waqil you are a fan 🙂

  4. Congratulations to the Tunisian people and the Arabs should follow their example.
    Not entitled to these dictators to lead the best nation raised up for people

  5. @MnarviDZ

    Indeed Boutef. is at the head of a this regime formed of many political parties, all of them are now sharing the (Milky Cow) and for about a decade now and for the first time ever in Algeria, where the SMASRIA are now from every backdrop, also spreading out from the top until the bottom. Who is to blame right now? they all share the blames in my opinion. also this is a good experience to Algerian democracy, we are learning.

    Having been a fun of Boutef. like many millions of Algerians throughout the world, I am still against the inheriting of the brother of Boutef. whether of it’s a rumour or not.

    If you witnessed how Algeria escalated since Boumedian left until 1999, then the era of Boutef, you may probably rethink about your position…

    There is no perfect president for what so ever, but there is certainly the best of the worst, I think Boutef. fails in that category.

    Don’t you think we are a strange nation as well?

    Kama takounou youwala alaikum!

    • I agree on your first paragraph. It’s obvious to me that we’re not going to have something like in Tunisia because we had something similar 22 years ago but also because too many people today in Algeria, from the top to the bottom, are enjoying the current situation. But don’t you think that we’re taking too much time learning? Why the heck are we so slow at learning?!

      As to your idea about Algeria under Chadli’s rule, I would have loved to see Bouteflika’s rule in that period. My guess is that he would have failed as pathetically as Chadli. Without going into all the differences between the 80s and the 2000s, just think of the collapse of the eastern block, and more importantly of the oil prices. With $100+/barrel oil, even a 10yo boy would have done as much as Bouteflika. So I am afraid I am not close to rethinking my position, not yet.

      Not connected to the comment above, this is an interesting article by the excellent Robert Fisk.

  6. @ MnarviDZ;

    Indeed learning is a long time process and will never end up. in fact we just pass from a stage to another. Every thing has a price though…

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