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Sunday, July 27, 2014

My Talk at Stanford University "Changing Stereotypes through Alternative Media"



#Tunisia #USA #Education #Terrorism #Stereotypes #Blogging



My Talk at Stanford University about intercultural dialogue through the lens of my camera! don't be scared of Ben Laden's picture, it's just a small example of many stereotypes that need to be exposed and broken! 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Do you Think Arabs are Terrorists?



I filmed this video during my stay in Georgia, USA!
Check out what Americans think about Arabs on questions of religion, terrorism and stereotypes!






Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Future lies in Africa #PanAfricanism




Africa is usually depicted as moving from the days of an independence era through four decades of neo-colonial exploitation, to recent waves of revolutions against domestic dictatorships and continuing poverty, as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

However, we cannot shrink the future of Africa in accepting its reality. We need to acknowledge even the small meaningful changes and growth, in the hope of transforming it. 
In this quest for hope and transformation, North Africa needs to be integrated in the continent’s entire transformation. The rest of Africa should be aware of the transformation North Africa could bring to the continent politically, strategically and economically.

The origins of exchanges, interactions and ties, which we have gradually been losing between North Africa and the rest of the continent, date back to antiquity, including cultural, scientific, diplomatic, military and commercial movements. If we look back to independence movements when the Algerian revolution was embraced as part of the African revolution, there was no division between black Africa and Arab Africa. It was a strong connection as the Algerians were considered African heroes by most Africans and vice versa, the Algerians considered the liberation struggle in the rest of Africa as part of their struggle. , Muammar Gaddafi played a momentous role in supporting the anti-apartheid movements in South Africa and Zimbabwe and behaved generously to the rest of Africa based on his record of the last few years.

Therefore, as a starting point to revive the ties of history, North Africa is hoping to receive solidarity, unity and support from the rest of Africa in its ongoing political and social change.

On the other hand, North Africa has yet to realize that its future lies in Africa. It needs to use the changing economic and social conditions to positively affect its relations with the rest of Africa. Tunisia, unfortunately, continues to reinforce its close ties with Europe, both economically and politically, without balancing these partnerships with its African counterparts. The European Union has, in fact, decided to give Tunisia an overall budget of around €550 million including approximately €250 million in donations and €300 million in the form of macro-financial assistance to support economic and social development efforts in the country, during its democratic transition.

However, Morocco is making the strategic choice of "south-south cooperation," recognizing the enormous potential of some African states to become the highest growth economies in the world. Despite the limits of its economy, Morocco has managed to create and develop a substantial business within by increasing cooperation with its new continental partners.

In fact, North African countries need to assess Africa’s place in their foreign policies. The movement of populations in both directions across the Sahara was significant to the transformation of state, economy and society in the ancient times. Therefore, we need to regain mutual understanding and accommodation between North and South by creating conditions for fostering mutual acceptance and cooperation. The future of Africa lies in the mobilization of its resources, goods and capital within the continent and across the Sahara. This will also help to have a rapid response to our different crises across the continent as we:
  • Re-visit the history of relations between North Africa and the rest of the continent with a foresight vision to integration.
  • Reflect on the central factors, including religion, mobility and commerce that have helped to shape the history of intra-Africa’s relations.
  • Reflect on the sub-regional cooperation and integration promoted in North Africa and their connections.
  • Reflect on the impact of the struggle for national liberation in North Africa as well as the new uprisings on the continent.
  • Explore which skills are critical to implement the priorities after defining our common goals.
The ties between North Africa and the rest of the continent have been crucial to the definition of the role and place of the sub-region in the pan-Africanist vision. Now, attention should be drawn again to North Africa’s place and contribution to Africa’s future because it is not an option anymore, but an economic necessity. 


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

نداء لدعم فلسطينيي سوريا في تونس



 www.nawaat.org نشر في نواة 



فيما يقيم العالم هذا الشهر ذكرى يوم اللاجئ العالمي، تكرم تونس في الأشهر الأخيرة  الفلسطينين وخاصة القادمين من سوريا بحجزهم أو ترحيلهم
آخر هذه الخروقات الجسيمة يتمثل في قصة ثلاثين لاجىء فلسطيني قدموا من سوريا متوجهين إلى
 ليبيا عبر مطار قرطاج الدولي منتصف شهر أيار الماضي، إلا أن الاشتباكات الأخيرة في ليبيا عموماً وبنغازي خصوصاً جعلتهم حبيسي مطار قرطاج لخمسة ليال طوال، إذ لا يحق للفلسطيني القادم من سوريا دخول تونس دون تأشيرة !!! ليفرج عنهم بعد ضغط إعلامي كبير من هيئات وأفراد المجتمع المدني التونسي، إذ منحتهم الحكومة التونسية تأشيرة لمدة شهر انتهت في 21 حزيران الجاري، فيما حجزت السفارة الفلسطينية أوراقهم وأودعتهم وزارة السياحة التونسية في مدرسة 
داخلية "مركز كركوان السياحي في الحمامات" منذ شهر

لمعرفة مستجدات هذه القضية على وجه التحديد، هنا روابط بيانات الرابطة الفلسطينية لحقوق الانسان/سوريا، وهي منظمة حقوقية سورية مسجلة في السويد تتابع عن كثب قضية العالقين الثلاثين



إلا أن إعلان دخول اللاجئين الثلاثين إلى تونس ومنحهم التأشيرة التي انتهت منذ أيام لم يؤدي إلى انتهاء معانتهم، بل على العكس، فإن الحالة الضبابية لما سيحمله لهم المستقبل أشد وطأة عليهم من الشهر المنصرم، مطالبهم واضحة في البيان الأخير للرابطة الفلسطينية والمعنون
تونس: بعد حل أزمة مطار قرطاج، الغموض يكتنفمصير ثلاثين فلسطيني من سوريا

إن ما أنوي فعله في معرض هذا النص هو أن أحمل الأطراف المعنية جميعها المسؤوليات الواقعة على عاتقها، إذ أن ما يجري في سوريا اليوم من موت ودمار يومي ينبغي أن يدفعنا لأن نقلل خسائر هؤلاء الذين أصبحوا خارج حدود البلاد

بداية إلى الحكومة العزيزة

في ظل قطعكم للعلاقات الدبلوماسية مع سوريا وطرد سفير بشار الأسد من تونس وسحب الاعتراف بنظامه، اعتقدتم أنكم قمتم بالواجب وأنكم اتهذتم خطوات شجاعة وجريئة في المنطقة ولكن ما الذي تلى هذه الاجراءات وما الهدف الذي صبوتم إليه؟ فإذا كنا نريد دعم الثورة السورية والاعتراف بحق الشعب السوري بتقرير مصيره، فقد كان من الأجد بنا أن نرحب بهذا الشعب الذي أتى لاجىء إلى تونس، خاصة فلسطينيته. أما أنها مجرد تصريحات رمزية من حكومة تونس "مهد الثورات"

إذا كانت حكومتنا تعتقد أن اتخاذ الاجراءات الدبلوماسية آنفة الذكر قد دعمت الشعب السوري وحفظت كرامته، ينبغى أن تعلم ايضاً أن حفظ كرامة السوري والفلسطيني السوري تكون أيضاً بحمايتهم قانونياً على أراضيها، خاصة بحسب ما ينص عليه الدستور الجديد الذي يقر بحق اللجوء في الفصل خمسة وعشرين منه، وذلك وفقاً للمعاهدات والمواثيق الدولية التي صادقت عليها تونس.
ولكن قبل النصوص القانونية يأتي التزام أخلاقي قامت به تونس لدعم الشعب السوري وعلى أساسه تتحمل الحكومة أيضاً مسؤولية حماية اللاجئين القادمين من سوريا إلى أراضيها سواء كانوا سوريين، فلسطينين من سوريا أو من أي بلد آخر
        

إلى السفارة الفلسطينية في تونس
سعادة السفير الفلسطيني في تونس

أكتب إليكم اليوم وأنا أشعر بحاجة ملحة لأفهم الدور الذي لعبتموه في الآونة الأخيرة للمساهمة في حل ما يتعرض له اللاجئين الفلسطينيين القادمين من سوريا إلى أو عبر تونس
سعادة السفير، لقد تعبنا من الوقفات الاحتجاجية التي لا تغير في مجريات الأحداث المصيرية مما يدفعني لتساؤل عن دور السفارة الفلسطينية اتجاه فلسطيني سوريا في تونس والتي تبدو وكأنها قد استقالت من مسؤولياتها التاريخية

أليس من المخزي يا سيادة السفير أن تستقبل وزارة السياحة التونسية ضيوفك بدلاً من سفارة بلادهم في تونس؟ وأليس من المخزي أيضاً أن تخبر المحتجزين الثلاثين في مطار قرطاج أن حل قضيتهم يكمن في ترحيلهم إلى لبنان؟ بكل ما يعنيه هذا الترحيل من مخاطر أمنية وإعادة قسرية محتملة إلى سوريا؟ ثم يدخل المحتجزون البلاد بعد يومين، أي تخل عن المسؤوليات هذا؟
من الجدير بالذكر أيضاً حادثة سابقة في معرض العام الجاري تم على إثرها ترحيل 13 لاجىء فلسطيني من
 سوريا باتجاه الجزائر بعد عدم مساعدة سفارتكم لهم
إلا أن الأكثر فداحة، معالي السفير، هو أنكم لم تزورا ضيوفكم العالقين في الحمامات وقد مضى شهر على تخبطهم في المجهول
أرجو أن تلقى هذا الرسالة بالاً من قبلكم

إلى مفوضية الأمم المتحدة العليا للاجئين في تونس

أكتب إليكم اليوم إثر استغرابي لعدم استجابتكم لمأساة فلسطينيي سوريا القادمين إلى والعالقين في تونس، وعلى وجه الخصوص أولئك الذين أمضوا خمس ليال في مطار قرطاج الدولي منتصف الشهر الماضي قبل أن تمنحهم السلطات التونسية تأشيرة دخول لمدة شهر واحد

لطالما كان الشعب التونسي سباقاً في التضامن مع اللاجئين من أينما أتوا. إذ لازلت أذكر بوضوح دعم التونسيون للاجئين الليبين إثر اندلاع الحرب الليبية، عندما فتحوا منازلهم لإخوانهم الفارين من ليبيا وتحرك المجتمع المدني التونسي، ذلك قبل أن يتحرك الجيش التونسي للمساعدة وقبل أن تتدخل المفوضية العليا لتقديم الخدمات المنوطة بها، هذه المعلومة التي خبرتها بأم عيني في مخيمات رأس جدير وشوشة أثناء ايصالي للمعونات

إن عدم متابعتنا كمجتمع مدني تونسي لأداء المفوضية في متابعة عدة قضايا سابقة أدى إلى ما حصل اليوم من 
عدم استجابة من قبلكم لمعانة فلسطينيي سوريا في تونس، إذ أنكم لم تتكلفوا عناء زيارتهم في مكان اقامتهم في منطقة الحمامات السياحية حيث لا يملكون أية أوراق ثبوتية ليتمكنوا من التحرك بحرية، هذا كان أقل ما يمكن للمفوضية فعله، أو على الأقل توجيه النصح والمعونة بمخاطبة السلطات المسؤولة في حال عدم قدرتكم على العون المباشر

إلى منظمات المجتمع المدني التونسي
"صورة من الحمامات" 

لقد استطعنا القيام بالكثير سابقاً ولكن اليوم دورنا أكبر وأكثر الحاحاً وعليه ينبغي على منظمات المجتمع المدني التونسي أن تسارع لدعم العالقين الثلاثين في منطقة الحمامات خاصة بعد توارد أخبار من مصادر ضمن المجموعة عن توقف تزويدهم بالطعام من قبل وزارة السياحة وعدم وضوح الجهة المسؤولة عن اطعامهم في الوقت الراهن
إلا أن الضغوطات يجب ألا تكون آنية ومطلبية فقط، حيث من واجبنا أن نحث الحكومة على انهاء هذه المعانة المستمر منذ قرابة شهر لمجموعة بينها ثلاثة أطفال وسيدة مسنة والكثير من القصص الحزينة، الضغط يجب أن يكون باتجاه ايجاد حل مستدام للعالقين ولمن سيأتي لاحقاً في ظل اشتداد وتيرة العنف في سوريا



إلى الإعلام التونسي
مازال إعلامنا يختار المواضيع التي يشاء أن يغطيها دون غيرها، إعلام في أعظميته يحب "البلبلة" فقط، أما في القضايا المصيرية فلا إعلام ليغطي؟
لقد مضت مع الأسف تلك الفترة التي ظننت أننا تحررنا خلالها من ديكتاتورية  رؤوساء التحرير، "باعث القناة"، والإعلام الموجه... لصالح الصحفيين المستقليين والصحافة الاحترافية والاستقصائية وما إلى ذلك، إلا أن العودة إلى المدونة تبدو ضرورة لا غنى عنها لنكتب ما لا تكتبه الصحافة.
إن تجاهل القضايا التي ينبغي أن تعالجها السلطة الرابعة لا يثمر في حل على حد تعبير الصحفي طارق الغوراني الذي ساهم بفعالية في تسليط الضوء على معاناة الثلاثين فلسطيني سوري الذين كانوا عالقين في مطار قرطاج الدولي منتصف شهر أيار الماضي أثناء عبورهم الأراضي التونسية باتجاه ليبيا.
لم يعلم بهم في البداية أحد، أو بالأحرى لم يرغب أحد في أن يعلم، هل سيتحرك الإعلام نحو العالقين في منطقة الحمامات الآن؟ هنا يكمن السؤال المفصلي

أيها التونسيون: مواطنون، حكومة، إعلاماً ومنظمات حقوقية
!!!!إن مهزلة احتجاز فلسطيني سوريا في تونس يجب أن تنتهي
مطالبهم معقولة: "إقامة مؤقتة واستعادة لجوازات سفرهم التي تحفظت عليها السفارة الفلسطينية"، يضاف إلى ذلك ضرورة فتح مكتب أو توفير جهة رسمية لتسيير أعمال السوريين والفلسطينين السوريين اللاجئين في تونس، فهذه حالة من عشرات الحالات التي لا نعلم بها.
!!!!علينا التحرك الآن






Friday, June 20, 2014

From Syria to Sweden: The story of Stateless Syrian Palestinian in search for Identity


Published on Your Middle East and OpenDemocracy                   #WorldRefugeeDay 

More than 2.8 million Syrians have been forced to leave their country so far. The vast majority of them remaining in neighboring countries, such as Turkey (764,000), Lebanon (1,093,069) and Jordan (597,328), according to the UN Refugee Agency. They are often living in dire conditions because countries like Lebanon and Jordan are already under extreme economic and political strain. Few others went seeking refuge in Europe. However, Europe has only granted asylum to 89,000 people. Though Europe is failing refugees from Syria , Sweden is one of the few European countries to offer permanent residence to Syrians arriving at its borders.

Salim Salamah, found refuge in Sweden after fleeing Syria to Lebanon. I met Salim few weeks ago in Malmo, the most densely populated area in Scandinavia, but he wasn’t a mere Syrian refugee. While he was introducing himself, he was not sure if he should say a “Syrian-Palestinian”, “Palestinian from Syria”, “refugee in Sweden”, becoming “Swedish” or maybe just a human being! As I was confidently introducing myself as a Tunisian African and explaining more about my Africanism, he smiled and replied: “I like that you clearly know who you are because I am still in search for my identity”.  

This complex identity of him dates back to his family’s displacement in 1948 following the Nakba that expelled Palestinians from their homes. He was then born 1989 and raised in Yarmouk refugee camp, a historical Palestinian neighborhood established in Damascus during the 50s. At the age of 24, Salim found himself a refugee “again” and as he says “the journey continues…”

Images and dates have been engraved in his memory because of their atrocities… “28th October 2013 I left Syria…Taking that decision wasn’t easy! Because there will be no soon return to Damascus”. Getting into severe depression during his last few weeks in Syria, he was afraid of loosing himself by “not doing any good” for himself or his country.

A decision has been made because of the suffocation of a peaceful movement yearned for freedom. “From March to September, the movement was pacifist then the security became so tight that we couldn’t move around anymore…people had to fire back and when that happened, I couldn’t have a place for myself there! because I didn’t want to die or kill”.

Life in Damascus has become a nightmare for him with the checkpoints…“Day after day, moving within and outside Yarmouk has become difficult as between two checkpoints, there is another one, so you will never know who will stop you and when you will be arrested! It was just like jumping into the fire”.

The regime then operated an organized process to get rid of activists like Salim, by arresting, torturing or constantly threatening them.   “It was a slow death of the civil resistance and peaceful social movement, I was at risk as everybody was!” Beside demonstrating, campaigning, and being part of political gatherings, Salim’s special crime was blogging and telling jokes about the Syrian army. His poem “A day in Damascus”, says “passing by the checkpoint, I spit on it to return some of my dignity” and that was accused by the Syrian authorities as undermining the “prestige of the state”.  

Once moved to Beirut for almost four months, Salim tried to recover from war trauma and reconnect again… “breathe again” by writing poetry. Despite dealing with his own healing process, Salim was managing a project with Al Ghawth organization in Syria. “Unfortunately the project ended after few months because we didn’t get the needed funding as international donors and NGOs were not interested in finding partners to respond to the urgent need of Syrian communities and kids under war but more interested to enslave organizations for their own agendas”

Travelled for the first time in his entire life outside Syria and Lebanon, he finally arrived to Sweden on 14th February 2012. “When I arrived, I was surprised with the snow and the dark short days”. It took sometime for him to adopt with the new weather, language, space, currency, lifestyle and to understand  “the strange situation” in order to find his way in the new place. Despite the terrible situation in Syria, there is an ongoing debate about the legitimacy of the choice of activists who fled the country to seek refuge in the United States and Scandinavia. Salim has clearly made this choice as an “individual salvation”… “I claimed political asylum because I can’t basically go anywhere as Palestinian from Syria but I made it to Sweden because I was just lucky!”

It is indeed a special case for the Palestinians from Syria. When the UN adopted the Refugee Convention and established the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, it excluded those falling within the UNRWA mandate from coverage under UNHCR's mandate. “Outside UNRWA-mandate area, which is Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, or the West Bank and Gaza Strip, we are without protection”. A concrete example of Salim’s frustration is the recent case of the four Palestinian Syrian activists detained in Sri Lanka few weeks ago. “UNHCR Sri Lanka refused to give a statement on the issue. Husam, Muhammad, Ali and Baha are now at Buddha military prison where they have been badly treated psychologically and physically”. Recently, Palestinians fleeing Syria are denied help even in Lebanon.   Sadly, the tragic cases of Palestinian-Syrian refugees continue, not only in the global north, but even in the Arab region and especially in countries that sparked the revolutions in the region such as Tunisia, Egypt among other countries.. “in Damascus, we were celebrating the day Ben Ali fled Tunisia, today when Syrian Palestinians arrived to Tunis, they remained stuck in Carthage airport with no support”...     

As the spokesman of the Human Rights Palestinian League, Salim closely follows these cases and releases statements to support Syrian Palestinians without national or international protection. Having the advantage to understand better such situation, Salim found himself working with refugees though he aims to work more with youth and children. Beside joining the executive board of the Human Rights Palestinian League earlier this year, he helps a Swedish organization in group development of coming refugees, especially in terms of communication with Arabic and French speaking refugees from Syria and African countries.

“I’m still sad, frustrated… because of this ongoing war that is rewarding to international community powers and Syrian regime rather than the Syrian people but working with people here is also rewarding …”
Partially recovered from the war trauma …  Salim regained his life, strength and energy back and that what keeps him moving forward in empowering himself and others.  

I contacted Salim again today to ask him of what today, the World Refugees Day, would mean to him as a refugee. He immediately answered “you know… once you are a refugee, you are a refugee forever, at least for myself”. He then took some silent moments and recalled the quotes of his friend Homi Bhabha “the globe shrinks for those who own it… but for the displaced or dispossessed, the migrant or refugee, no distance is more awesome than the few feet across borders or frontiers” … then he continues “Today I achieved my few feet, and if I can make one more human being achieve those few feet, I will help!”

Having his family arrived to Sweden six months ago, Salim now feels more safe, something he hasn’t felt for a while. Still hard for him to be disconnected “twice” from where he belongs… then to be asked to belong somewhere else… “I don’t identify myself as a citizen of any place…” at least his confusion has gone since our first conversation a month ago and now he can confidently identity himself as human being or citizen of the world…



Friday, May 16, 2014

“If the revolution is a crime, then charge all of us”


interviewed for the article at Radio France Internationale by Zeenat Hansrod 


The world has been applauding Tunisia for its new progressive constitution and new consensus caretaker installed government of technocrats that is administrating the country until elections later this year. However, this celebration seems exclusive to the leadership, members of the National Constituent Assembly, political parties and their allies. In fact, the unemployed, the poor, the student, the worker among other Tunisian citizens are yet to celebrate.

After changing the government five times during the past three years, this current administration has been the most praised for its appearing stability. Nevertheless, if we have a closer look at Tunisia’s internal issues- beside the pictures of the Tunisian Prime Minister shaking hands with Barack Obama-, we will find files of terrorism, corruption, accountability, human rights violations and censorship to be addressed. In fact, abuses are continuing under the interim administration.

Instead of addressing those issues, the ministry of interior, has decided that most importantly to be actually addressed is accountability of criminals and legal cases related to events of the revolution. However, by accountability, the ministry didn’t mean the snipers, the militia who killed over 300 people, the police who injured over 700 people (left non-hospitalized) or even the former corrupt leaders who have stolen the state's wealth, but accountability applies only to the young revolutionaries who dreamt of social change through their social movement... The ministry, indeed, arrested more than 20 young people (mostly from Menzal Bouzayen) accused of burning police stations back in 2011.

The flow of the ironic events and abusive practices, similar to the old practices of Ben Ali's Police, started on April 12, when a military court has ordered the release of ousted five security officials served under the former regime. Ali Syriati, former head of the president’s security service, and Rafik Haj Kacem, who served as Minister of Interior from 2004 to 2011 are among the officials who have been released.

On the other hand, thirty-one year old blogger and activist, Azyz Amami, has started a campaign called “I Too Burned a Police Station” to defend demonstrators arrested facing criminal charges for burning police stations in protests during the 2011 revolution. Amamy has publically spoken on TV Ettounsiya  in an interview on the talk show Labes accusing the Police of burning their offices as well to destroy archives and files - confirmed with videos and testimonies-   he denounced the arrests against youth  emphasizing the absence of ballistic report. Azyz is also one of the founders of the independent citizen initiative #AlSajin52 (Prisoner52) for the reform of Tunisia's notoriously Law 52/1992 , which holds that a citizen found in possession of or having consumed narcotics may be sentenced up to five years in prison and fined up to  3.000 Dinars. He talked about the dilemma of cannabis law, consumption and police corruption. 

Khaled Amamy, Azyz's father
Few days following this show, on May 12, Azyz was arrested in La Goulette, a beachside neighborhood of the capital. Some time between ten and eleven o’clock Monday night, with his friend, photographer Sabri Ben Mlouka, were purportedly pulled over and detained for the possession and use of marijuana. Amamy was beaten by police officers, as confirmed by his father. Both young men may face one to five years in prison, under harsh penalties for drug use, of a law passed more than 20 years ago, baring in mind that out of roughly 25.000 Tunisian prisoners, 8.000 are accused of consumption of drugs. So, the same law Azyz has been mobilizing against, as the campaign grows demanding changes to a law that many call repressive, is now used against him to silence any voice. 
The core issue is not actually marijuana, even if the drug test denied by Aziz is proved positive, the real reason for his detention could be as follow;
Azyz is one of the young bloggers associated with the uprising in 2011 and is widely known for his political activism, which imprisoned him under former President Ben Ali. He was psychologically and physically tortured while held in the Ministry of Interior. His reputation as a activist and dissident has earned him notoriety among authorities, particularly his involvement in supporting the families of the Martyrs and injured of the Revolution and his advocacy for the young revolutionaries.  Azyz has been blogging against state abuse and police aggression since 2008, and has worked on the Ammar 404 campaign to demand an end to state surveillance and censorship, along with some of Tunisia's most influential cyber-activists. He is frequently at the forefront of and is considered by many to be an icon of the revolution. 
Accordingly, he is now guilty of being militant as the revolution has become a crime under the philosophy of the current leadership. The core issue here is to what extend the police refrains from violent practices incompatible with the second republic dream and values? Fabricated charges of marijuana possession is a classic practice that has traditionally been used by Tunisian authorities both before and after the uprisings to disguise politically motivated arrests. The arrest of Azyz seems to have been planned in a police and judicial matters, used as a pretext to silence an independent and singular voice.  This suggests that there is no political will to stop these savage practices with the ongoing arrests of revolutionary youth for marijuana consumption or burning police stations. The same pretext continues to be used to suppress freedom of expression, as it was under the former regime, with a number of artists and musicians jailed on drug charges.

Eventually, the arrest has caused an outcry in Tunis and Azyz's supporters have also claimed the arrest is politically motivated. Social media has exploded with #FreeAzyz trending on Twitter and Facebook. A protest in support of Azyz took place on May 13 in downtown Tunis. Some of the slogans that have been raised are “Ministry of Interior is Ministry of Terrorism”, “I Too Burned a Police Station”, “Loyals to the blood of Martyrs”, “Free Azyz Free Sabri Free Bou Zayan”, "Down with the Police State"... “If the revolution is a crime, then charge all of us”...
Tunisia's transition has been seen as a model of compromise and democratic process for a region still in turmoil after the 2011 revolutions that promised new freedoms. However, today, Azyz, Sabri and others remain behind bars of injustice until they face trial on May 23 while Seriati and Bel Haj Kalem, accused of repressing protesters (the same youth in jail) during the uprising are set free. So, is it part of the compromise, to accept ex-Ben Ali officials into politics and imprison the generation of change? 





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