Tunisian revolution: a look back

Exactly two weeks ago, dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled the country after a people uprising of more than four weeks.

I was glued to Facebook and Twitter ever since it all started with the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi (may he rest in peace) (which sparkled the ignition for this revolution) to follow the latest news and also by phone to check on my parents’ safety especially after the chaos that resulted afterward.

Luckily the Tunisian army intervened to help secure the country and restore order with the help of the local population.

Now Tunisian people are pushing for a drastic change towards democracy,  social justice, and freedom.

The question now is, what are the lessons learned from this revolution? My personal answer is that it is a debunk to former French president Jacques Chirac argument when he said that the most important for Tunisian people is to have food and a roof on top of their head instead of asking for democracy. Another lesson learned is: that the idea that dictators can only be overthrown by a coup d’état or with foreign intervention is not always true. Tunisian people proved that by using the most civilized way of protest, things can be changed as predicted Tunisia’s most famous poet Abou El Kacem El Chebbi: “ If one day, a people desires to live, then fate will answer their call.”

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