Reality : It started when a policewoman slapped Mohamed Bou Azizi, the university graduate who could not find a job in Sidi Bou Zid governorate except as a vegetable sellers .Feeling so hurt in his dignity , Bou Azizi decided to kill himself publicly ,he torched himself to start an intifada of unemployed in Sidi Bou Zid , the Southern agricultural governorate that seemed to be forgotten by the Ben Ali regime. Bou Aziz failed in his suicide attempt but managed to push the unemployed across the governorate to protest his death. Facing something unexpected the police treated with the matter violently because people began to b killed by the Tunisian police’s fire. Despite enjoyed a stable economy for a while Tunisians began to suffer from the corruption of dictatorship , only the ruling class and the regime men enjoyed the fruits of the Tunisian economy while they left the poor class to suffer and the Middle class to struggle for its survival. The Sidi Bou Zid’s protests sooner moved to other governorates with high unemployment rates and the police also cracked them violently , many more citizens are killed. The climax of events was in Kasserine and the massacre that took place there where the protests erupted through out the country objecting what happened on that night. It was unlike anything happened in Tunisia since the independence .
This is the Tunisia’s Jasmine revolution in a nutshell
Check the Tunisian posts in Egyptian Chronicles’ Maghreb section.
Now to the myths
- Wikileaks played role in the Jasmine revolution
The West is trying to take credit it does not deserve , the West ignores the fact that over 90 Tunisian citizens have been killed by the Ben Ali police in the past three weeks , as if the blood of 90 citizens are not enough to ignite the revolution. Bou Azizi did not burn himself because of the Wikileaks , sorry Assange but for 25 years the Tunisians have been suffering and they did not wait you so they would rebel.
I am so angry from this claim because I know that if anything happens in Egypt , the Western media will claim that it is theWikileaks charm !!
- Twitter and Facebook played role in the Jasmine revolution
By the way Facebook administration as usual listened to the Ben Ali Tunisian regime and closed anti regime pages : The Tunisian people are on fire Mr. President 4 with no prior notification for no reason. Of course its admin acted quickly and made two other pages with updates. The SBZ News and Nawaat were the main sources for real info in the country.
- Israel and Zionists are behind what happened in Tunisia !!
- There is an oil discovered in Tunisia and this is why Ben Ali was removed !!
These two myths above do not respect the pain the Tunisian people endured during the Ben Ali era nor the fact that more than 90 persons were killed. It is not as if we are humans who can rebel against their unjust rulers.
- The Islamists / Communists are behind the success of this revolution
Those who only woke up on the revolution last Friday have these lame excuses and explanations because they did not follow the matter since the 17th of December 2010. I am proud to say that I have followed it since the beginning ,this is a real people’s revolution. The people of the world do not understand what is happening because it happened too fast.
The Tunisian people are highly educated , they have the highest level of literacy in the Arab world and Africa combined together , they know their rights very well and they have suffered a lot. They know what they know and did.
This is not the Iranian revolution , do not kill hope , do not disrespect the martyrs of this revolution.