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Where Is Europe’s Mohammed Bouazizi? Tunisia Has A Message For Europe

by | 14th, January 2011

IN Tunisia Mohammed Bouazizi set himself alight in a protest over unemployment and state control.  He is now dead.  Thích Quảng Đức did the same in Vietnam.  In Tunisia  Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the Tunisian president, says he will nto run for office. After 23 years “serving” the people he will go in 2014. He’s already left. He’s in Malta. He will surely end up in Paris. And in his place is Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi.

The Economist reports that Ali

“…turned Tunisia into a police state known for its efficiency. Occasional worries about authoritarian tendencies in more relaxed North African states such as Morocco were frequently referred to as ‘Ben-Alisation’.”

Things are brutal. A police sniper shoots to kill (warning this is graphic):

But what next? One Egyptian blogger notes:

Revolutions in Egypt, Iran and Pakistan have had the same emotional reaction from people, as they stared in awe at their proclaimed ’saviors’ whose true face has now been revealed. They were no better than the previous leaders.

Nick Baumann is pessimistic :

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