Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tunisia -- Fears of Insecurity Overshadow the Joys of Freedom

(This report of Tunisian responses to the ongoing revolution is a lot more optimistic than the title makes it appear)

Tunisia: Fears of Insecurity Overshadow the Joys of Freedom
by Hisham
Global Voices

On January 14, 2011, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali abruptly fled the country he ruthlessly ruled for more than two decades. The people of Tunisia took to the streets to celebrate the dawn of a new independence. The euphoria rapidly gave way to fear about the security situation. News spread about vandals rampaging across major cities, looting shops and homes and setting fire to properties and buildings. The sound of gun bursts echoed in the deserted streets of the capital city, while the Army deployed its troops around key areas in the capital, Tunis. The mood among citizens remained joyful. They formed vigilante groups to defend their families and properties. Some of those have been sharing their thoughts on their blogs.

To Read the Report and Collection of Tunisian Responses

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