Instability in TUNISIA (February 7, 2013): Al-Jazeera

The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Tunisia PM to form new government” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/02/20132683528345786.html).

“Hamadi Jebali dissolves ISLAMIST-led government after massive protests erupt in wake of murder of opposition leader”. Of course, “Islamist-led government” is a red flag while “massive protests” have been a common occurrence in many of the recent revolutions which are rocking the Arab world.

“Tunisia’s prime minister has said that he will dissolve the Islamist-led government and form a NATIONAL UNITY (?) administration, following the killing of prominent secular opposition leader Shokri Belaid in front of his home”. Does “national unity” exist in countries that are experiencing almost CONSTANT UPHEAVALS?

“Hamadi Jebali announced during a speech to the nation on Wednesday (February 6, 2013) that he will form a cabinet of technocrats (technology experts) to run the country UNTIL ELECTIONS ARE HELD“. WHEN WILL “elections” BE “held?”

After the FAILURE of negotiations between parties on a cabinet reshuffle, I decided to form a small technocrat government“. Again, we’re seeing AN AWFUL LOT OF “failure” these days, especially in the Middle East.

Al Jazeera‘s Ahmed Janabi in Tunis reported VIOLENT CLASHES between Belaid’s supporters and police along the main Habib Borguiba Avenue, with the police using TEAR GAS and BATONS to disperse the protesters and making numerous arrests“. The police are clearly using the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL:

“Earlier, crowds of mourners, chanting “the people want THE FALL OF THE REGIME“, crowded around an ambulance carrying Belaid’s body”. This is a chant we’ve heard all too often throughout the revolutions rocking the Middle East.

“Samir Dilou, a government spokesperson, called Belaid’s killing an odious (repulsive/hateful) crime“. This is the latest example of “Blaming and criticizing” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk).

“Moncef Marzouki, the Tunisian president, said he would fight those who opposed the political transition in his country after the death of Belaid.

“Marzouki, who cut short a visit to France on Wednesday (February 6, 2013), told legislators at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to applause: “We will continue to fight the enemies of the revolution“. This should read (in part) “Marzouki who cut short a visit to France on Wednesday TO DEAL WITH” this situation, but of course this is ANOTHER CIRCUS.

Chanting for the fall of the Ennahda-led government, demonstrators shouted “SHAME,SHAME Shokri died”, “WHERE IS THE GOVERNMENT?”, and “THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD FALL“. Translation: “The government should fall” because “the government” IS NON-EXISTENT/COMPLETELY/UTTERLY INEPT.

“Omar bin Ali, a member of the Tunisian Trade Unions, was present at the demonstration site and said “the Islamists were responsible for Belaid’s death. This is what they have been calling for in mosques“.

“Ruling out the possibility of external factors, he said “Tunisia is A FRIEND OF ALL NATIONS”. REALLY? “It is hard to think of anyone from abroad to do this to us“, adding that “the people want THE WHOLE GOVERNMENT OUT as they proved to be USELESS“. We’ve seen/read/heard this TOO MANY TIMES over the course of these Arab uprisings.

“The assassination comes as Tunisia is STRUGGLING TO MAINTAIN STABILITY and REVIVE ITS ECONOMY after its longtime dictator (Zine El Abedine Ben Ali) was overthrown in an uprising two years ago (January 14, 2011)”“struggling to maintain stability” and “revive its economy”, of courseIS NOT a good thing.

“Mohammed Jmour, another opposition leader, criticized the government in a press conference on Wednesday (February 6, 2013) for FAILING to protect Belaid against stated threats“. There’s that word again: “failing”.

.“Threats of PLUNGING INTO A WHIRLWIND OF VIOLENCE that can be caused by a number of bodies, the state, the revolution guarding committees and ARMED GROUPS (?)” “armed groups” sounds eerily similar to what BASHAR AL-ASSAD would say.

Only yesterday (February 6, 2013), a number of questions were raised … and Shokri repeatedly emphasized this particular issue. He personally had FELT THREATS TO HIS SAFETY“. So, the situation in Tunisia TWO YEARS after the uprising/revolution that toppled/took a ruthless dictator is still A MESSpolitically and economically.

Just like in EGYPT where a significant proportion of the population long for MUBARAK surely we have to wonder IF a significant proportion of Tunisians long for the days of  the first leader toppled in the Arab uprisings.

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