Unrest in Tunisia: Mohamed Bouazizi & Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali

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In summary, the conversation is discussing the ongoing unrest and protests in Tunisia, particularly focusing on the role of social media and the internet in spreading information and organizing demonstrations. The conversation also touches on the danger and censorship faced by bloggers and activists in the country. The conclusion of the conversation is that despite the challenges and risks, the people of Tunisia continue to fight for freedom and democracy.
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I noticed it yesterday.

Cause:
One unemployed graduate, Mohamed Bouazizi
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12198039

This is a very interesting article which is critical of western nations about turning blind eye to Tunisia people welfare and possible impact of these riots on other Arab nations

Profile of the president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12196679

Current development:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12198396
 
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rootX said:
I noticed it yesterday.

I noticed it about a month ago.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2010/12/2010122063745828931.html" [Broken]
Images posted on social-network sites show police intervening to halt disturbances ignored by national media.
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2010 08:08 GMT

I've only made one Tunisian friend on facebook. He gave a thumbs up a few days ago so I know he's ok.

I would ask how he feels about the situation, but I fear for his safety.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/01/20111718360234492.html" [Broken]
07 Jan 2011 20:37 GMT

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said that it had been alerted that at least six bloggers and activists had been arrested or had disappeared in locations across Tunisia, and that there were probably others who had been targeted.


http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/01/201111410250537313.html" [Broken]
From the ashes of one of the worst crackdowns in Tunisian history rise the first prospects of internet freedom.
14 Jan 2011 18:27 GMT

Tunisia is also considered to be amongst the world's most dangerous places from which to blog; a 2009 report by the Committee to Protect Journalists placed it just after Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.

'The most expensive website ever'

Whether or not the online freedom lasts, many Tunisians see the move as a facade, brought about to quash ongoing unrest in the country.

One Twitter user called YouTube "the most expensive website ever", alluding to the fact that the dozens of Tunisians who were killed in the unrest did not die for net freedom. Still another reminded followers that Mohamed Bouazizi did not set himself on fire because he could not get onto YouTube.

There are over 60 http://english.aljazeera.net/category/country/tunisia&pg=1" [Broken], so of course I do not have time to read them all.

I've actually never corresponded with my Tunisian friend, and I don't remember what it was I said that warranted me being his friend, but I'm sure it was something similar to a quote on his page:

So do not tell me that cruel history cannot be overcome. Do not tell me that Israelis and Palestinians can never make peace. Do not tell me that the people in the streets of Bangkok and Bishkek and Tehran dream in vain of freedom and democracy. Do not tell me that lies can stand forever.

Ask the Poles. They know.
The conclusion of:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/13/opinion/13iht-edcohen.html" [Broken]
By ROGER COHEN
Published: April 12, 2010
The New York Times
 
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1. What caused the unrest in Tunisia?

The unrest in Tunisia was triggered by the self-immolation of a street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi on December 17, 2010. He set himself on fire in protest against the confiscation of his vegetable cart by local authorities. This act of desperation sparked widespread anger and protests against the corrupt and oppressive government of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

2. Who is Mohamed Bouazizi?

Mohamed Bouazizi was a 26-year-old street vendor in Tunisia who set himself on fire in protest against the confiscation of his vegetable cart by local authorities. His act of self-immolation sparked widespread protests against the government and is seen as the catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution.

3. Who is Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali?

Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was the president of Tunisia from 1987 to 2011. He came to power in a bloodless coup and ruled the country with an iron fist, suppressing political opposition and dissent. His government was known for its corruption and human rights abuses, leading to widespread discontent among the Tunisian people.

4. What were the main demands of the protesters?

The main demands of the protesters were for the resignation of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his government, an end to corruption and human rights abuses, and the establishment of a democratic system of government. They also called for greater economic opportunities and an end to high unemployment rates.

5. How did the international community respond to the unrest in Tunisia?

The international community initially expressed concern over the escalating violence and human rights abuses in Tunisia. As the protests intensified, many countries, including the United States and European nations, called for President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to step down. The United Nations also condemned the government's response to the protests and called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

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