Tunisia, that small north African country on the Arab world’s western shores, has for the past two weeks been the scene of a social uprising rare in this tightly controlled part of the world.
This outburst of popular anger was ignited by an unemployed 26-year-old university graduate setting himself ablaze outside a police station in the provincial town of Sidi Bouzid.
Soon afterwards another young man electrocuted himself, shouting “No unemployment, no misery!” and more attempted suicides have been reported since. A wave of riots and protests has ensued, sweeping through towns and villages all over the country – even in the capital, Tunis.
“Since the beginning of the events of Sidi Bouzid on December 17th,2010, the Tunisian authorities as well as the official media are insisting on the use of words like: riots, isolated case, political manipulation etc”, blogs ‘A Tunisian girl‘.
“They worked on hiding the truth and accusing opposition and foreign media of lying and trying to shake Tunisia’s stability”, she declares. “They never tried to face the truth and to find efficient solutions. Again, authorities used violence in different areas of the country causing deaths and serious injuries for demonstrators.”
Now, “more than 20 days elapsed since the beginning of the events, things did not improve at all”, she states, adding >>>
Authorities are using violence as an answer to citizens’ demand of their basic rights. They are also working on stifling and shutting every free voice in a trial to hide and veil truth. They censored many websites and blocked the upload of videos on Facebook.
Anonymous a group of hacker-activists offered to help Tunisian protestors and cyber activists and launched operation Tunisia, a hacking operation, which started on January 2nd, 2011 and targeting the Tunisian government websites.
The operation is on the one hand an answer to the censorship of Wikileaks and any news source publishing or referencing leaked cables that referenced Tunisia including : Tunileaks and on the other hand a support to Tunisian cyberactivists surrounded by internet police.
The police internet answer has been the hacking of the e-mails accounts, Facebook pages and profiles and blogs of some Tunisian activists. Tunisian netizens are now talking about a cyber-war.
On the ground, things were not different as some students expressed their anger and joined the protest movement on January 3rd, 2011by organizing demonstrations in different regions of Tunisia. Lawyers protested again outside Tunis courthouse and violent clashes started between security forces in Tala, in the Governorate of Kasserine. Again,police officers used tear gas and live ammunition . They also raided houses and arrested people…
Clashes are continuing in the area.
Do you dare talk about an isolated case again?
A post on Anon News declares >>>
A time for people to express themselves freely and to be heard from anywhere in the world. The Tunisian government wants to control the present with falsehoods and misinformation in order to impose the future by keeping the truth hidden from its citizens. We will not remain silent while this happens. Anonymous has heard the claim for freedom of the Tunisian people. Anonymous is willing to help the Tunisian people in this fight against oppression. It will be done. It will be done.
This is a warning to the Tunisian government: attacks at the freedom of speech and information of its citizens will not be tolerated. Any organization involved in censorship will be targeted and will not be released until the Tunisian government hears the claim for freedom to its people. It’s on the hands of the Tunisian government to stop this situation. Free the net, and attacks will cease, keep on that attitude and this will just be the beginning.
Says Soumaya Ghannoushi in her Guardian post, “Events in Tunisia are symptomatic of what lies ahead. Arab rulers have striven to kill politics in all its forms. But as they do away with organised mainstream parties and associations, they will find themselves, like Ben Ali, face to face with a younger generation mobilised by feelings of frustration and humiliation, and yearning for revenge.
“And when all vessels of movement and expression are shut off, explosions and eruptions become the only possibility left.”
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
World War III will be a global information war with no division between civilian & military participation ~ Marshall McLuhan
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