“The Tunisian regime is a pioneer model, unique in its kind in Arab countries”

The sculpture of Mohamed Bouazizi's cart in the city of Sidi Bouzid, in central Tunisia, in October 2020.

Tribune. Ten years have passed since the Sidi Bouzid incident. Remember: on December 17, 2010, a young man set himself on fire [par le feu], desperate for his economic situation. By this gesture, he protested against the police and their incessant humiliations. His name was Tariq Al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi. He was Tunisian, he was neither a party leader, nor a revolutionary leader, nor even a rebel trade unionist. Most of his time was spent selling vegetables to support his family.

Poor among the poor, Mohamed Bouazizi had no intention of taking part in any revolution. He simply yearned to have a decent life away from all forms of terror and humiliation. Yet it was his desperate act that triggered the “Arab Spring”.

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The wave of revolt revealed the arrogance, vanity and tyranny of the security forces formed by these dictatorial and repressive regimes that are Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Algeria, Sudan . Then appeared on the world stage the charge of fire and hatred with which these countries could overwhelm their own people, Syria even going so far as to cut off the fingers of children because they wrote ” Freedom On the walls of their school!

What about the result? Syria, Yemen and Libya are experiencing regional and international wars. Egypt, on the other hand, is trampling on freedoms. And Tunisians, ten years after Mohamed Bouazizi, are torn between supporters, opponents or skeptics about the results of their revolution, which has not yet fully met the aspirations of its citizens.

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But this country is resisting, holding on, despite everything, maintaining its democratic system which has survived a series of political assassinations. This pioneering model, unique in its kind in Arab countries, allows all citizens to enjoy real freedom of expression. The Tunisian people have the very great chance to see political parties, divergent on many points, clash in a democratic framework. A reality that seems unimaginable in the rest of the Arab world.

Hani Al Accommodation is a Syrian writer and journalist residing in France.

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