Category Archives: Tunisia

Burmese Attempt Own ‘Facebook Revolution’


In an attempt to emulate the democratic revolution in Egypt that was sparked by a Facebook campaign, a group of Burmese activists operating inside the country have set up a Facebook page dubbed “Just Do It Against Military Dictatorship.”

The social networking campaign denounces the country’s military dictatorship, calls for Burmese military chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe and his family to leave the country and urges the army to join with the people.

The campaign began on Feb. 13—just two days after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned from office under pressure from protesters.

The “Just Do It Against Military Dictatorship” Facebook homepage on March 2, 2011. (Photo: The Irrawaddy)

The Facebook page, now known simply as “JD,” has prompted the distribution of anti-government material in a number of places across Burma and raised security levels in Rangoon.“We are not daydreaming,” said an activist in Rangoon who said he was a JD supporter. “No dictator can resist a popular movement, we know.”

The campaign has now received the support of over 1,000 activists in Burma, according to one of the organizers who declined to be named due to personal safety concerns. Continue reading


Tunisia Issues International Warrant For Ousted President Ben Ali

Ben Ali Arrest Warrant

BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA 01/26/11 03:36 PM   AP

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s government issued an international arrest
warrant Wednesday forousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and
six relatives, accusing him of taking money outof the North African nation illegally. Continue reading

The largest trade union of workers of Tunisia calls for a new government

The largest trade union of workers of Tunisia called on to form a new government,
which will not be people associated with the deposed regime of President Ben Ali.

According to a union representative, this office would become “the salvation of the
nation.”It is worth noting that on 18 January, the largest union of Tunisia –
Public Workers Union(UGTT),who actively participated in recent protests,
saidThat does not recognize theinterim government. Continue reading

Chief of Tunisian Army Pledges His Support for ‘the Revolution’


The New York Times
January 25, 2011
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Protected by security officers, Gen. Rachid Ammar, Tunisia’s army chief, was mobbed Monday by protesters near the prime minister’s office in Tunis.

TUNIS — The general who may be both the most powerful and the most popular figure in Tunisia spoke publicly Monday for the first time since the ouster of the former dictator, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, pledging to uphold “the revolution” and urging patience until the interim government can hold new elections. Continue reading

Public Anger Continues in Tunisia: “Liberation Caravan” outside PM Office

Al Manar

24/01/2011 Tunisian public anger at the interim government continues, as hundreds of protesters defied a night-time curfew and camped out in front of Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi’s office on Sunday, in a bid to force the cabinet to resign following the ouster of ex-president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Continue reading

Ben Ali’s family flee with gold bars (Press TV)

Ousted Tunisian President Zine El Abidin Ben Ali and his wife Leila Trabelsi

The family of ousted Tunisian President Zine El Abidin Ben Ali has reportedly fled the country with 1.5 tons of gold worth more than 45 million euros. Continue reading

An uprising in Tunisia  ( Big Picture)
Beginning in December of last year, a series of ongoing protests in the streets of Tunisia escalated to the point where President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali – who had ruled the country for 23 years – at first declared he would not seek re-election, then fled the country on January 14th. An interim government was assembled, but protesters remain in the streets, demanding removal of all traces of Ben Ali’s old RCD party. Protesters’ frustrations with high unemployment, inflation and corruption drove them to the streets after a pivotal event, when a young Tunisian vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire after police confiscated his produce cart. Bouazizi died of his injuries days later. Collected here are images of the turmoil in Tunisia over the past couple of weeks. (40 photos total)


People demonstrate during a protest in central Tunis on January 17, 2011. After weeks of demonstrations, Tunisian protesters called for the abolition of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s ruling party on January 17 amid a chaotic power vacuum as politicians prepared a government of national unity. Hundreds of people rallied in Tunis and there were similar protests in Sidi Bouzid and Regueb in central Tunisia — two towns at the heart of the movement that forced Ben Ali to resign and flee on Friday after 23 years in power. (MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

A handout picture released by the Tunisian Presidency shows Tunisian president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali (2nd from left) looking at Mohamed Al Bouazzizi (right), during his visit at the hospital in Ben Arous near Tunis on December 28, 2010. Mohamed Al Bouazzizi, a 26-year-old university graduate, who was forced to sell fruit and vegetables on the streets, doused himself in petrol and set himself alight on December 17, which left him in a serious condition with severe burns. Days of rioting in Tunisia by mostly jobless and frustrated young people protesting violently against the government has exposed the crippling unemployment problem in the north African country. (TUNISIA PRESIDENCY/AFP/Getty Images) # Continue reading

Tunisia Uprising Drives Iron-Fisted Ruler From Power

Tunisia Uprising

TUNIS, Tunisia — After 23 years of iron-fisted rule, the president of Tunisia was driven from power Friday by violent protests over soaring unemployment and corruption. Virtually unprecedented in modern Arab history, the populist uprising sent an ominous message to authoritarian governments that dominate the region. Continue reading

Police join protests in Tunisia

PM’s pledge to quit politics after elections fails to pacify demonstrators demanding dissolution of interim government.
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2011 05:45 GMT
Police, national guard members and firemen have begun to distance themselves from the government [Reuters]

Thousands of demonstrators, including police officers, lawyers and students, have taken to the streets of Tunisia’s capital, Tunis, in another day of unrest in the North African country. Continue reading