After decades in uncontested reign, a dictator has been removed. The natural urge to overthrow tyranny has one out over the forces of militarism- at least for a day. It is sad at first that lives are lost and there is no measure of the value of life. The rising of people however, in a period of uncertainty, can create the conditions to move beyond oppression and into a world marked by a sense of shared responsibility and equality.
"Tunisian President Zine El-Abedine Ben Ali has been overthrown by a people's power uprising that has built momentum over the last 4 weeks, culminating in a large rally and protest on January 14 that was attacked by riot police. Ben Ali attempted major concessions, but they were too little and too late. After 23 years in power, Ben Ali and family fled the country to Saudi Arabia, joining former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin who was also given refuge in this middle eastern state."-IndyMedia
The old slogan from South Africa is a truth for the whole world over: "Peaceful student protest. Police riot."
"Tunisia's constitutional council has now declared elections should be held within 60 days under section 57 of the Tunisian constitution, with the chairman of parliament as acting President. The Tunisian Revolution can inspire the world as people power toppled the dictator but the ruling RCD party remains in power for the moment."-Indy Media
The people have risen and will rise again, until their freedoms and liberty have been fulfilled and they have the opportunity to be who they are.
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