Nadia and Ahmed talking about revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt
There are many stories about revolutions that happen these days. We as the rest of the world wanted to know what is going on…with a big difference: our close friends are citizens of those countries and living those stories! Read what they wrote…
Tunisian story by Nadia Wally:
“Everything started 23 years ago, when Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (ZABA) took the power, through the USA support, because, ZABA was using his fight against the terrorists as his principal quality. That’s why Europe and USA were supporting him.
When he became the president in 1987, he said that he was against the idea of being president till the end of life and people believed him and, even more important, believed in him.
During the 10 first years of his presidency, things were going fine…but, he and his wife and her family started to get more and more thirsty of money and power wich resulted with typical stories about corruption, aggressions, stealing, trafficking…etc. All the family was using their power to get more and more property and money. And at the same time, people were getting more and more poor. Everybody was aware about everything what is going on in the country, and who were responsible for all this mess, but we were also aware that anyone who just tries to express his opinion is risking his life and his family’s life. And then it happened: everything and everybody was controlled: journalists, writers, artists, internet (No YouTube, No Daily motion…) etc. Some international newspapers were forbidden, some books too. Each thing which was talking about the government or the system or the people who were responsible for what is going on were forbidden. But, people were aware, people were using proxy to open forbidden web sites, people were moving out of Tunisia to express their opinions, but also, some of them were tortured, put in prison or expelled from Tunisia or simply ignored and deprived of their rights…
And one day…one 26 years guy, from Sidi bouzid, a small town in the centre of Tunisia, one of many other towns which were ‘abandoned’ by the government, burned himself in front of the prefecture. Why? He graduated, but no job and no rights and no possibilities, he was just selling fruits on the street, but he didn’t even have the right to do it…he was also arrested by police (it is important to know that Tunisia was under the Police power)! How could he continue to live???? No dignity, no respect, no future…no life!!! This made people angry.
And then, our dear dictator sent his ‘police army’ to stop the manifestations. The only thing he could think off is to make people scared by killing people on the streets and by hiding information. BUT, Tunisians were very active on Facebook ..and the revolution started…”
Ahmed Etman talks about protest in Egypt (a few hours before Egyptian government shut down internet):
“Simply in Tunisia they had nothing else to lose and when you have nothing to lose you don’t care about anything anymore! They were getting killed in the broad day light in the street and that was it for them. We didn’t decide to fight really. In the beginning, it was just a protest. Maybe in Cairo it was more aggressive, but in the end it’s not going to make any change and we decided to fight because we got inspired by what happened in Tunisia. It might not be worth it in materialistic matters but I think deep down inside the people, the great benefit is that we learned how to say no and stand for our rights and for me this is a great and a big benefit for Egyptians because before we just submit and do nothing, but gathering over a football match, as for a change in the country there will be nothing more than that the government will think twice before doing something wrong because now they know we can say no.
Everyone participated in protests. I saw women and men, youth and even kids walking beside me in the streets. We are all fed up but for the majority it was youth.
In my opinion, if the country have no money with a corrupted government the men in power will get more rich as the citizens will get more poor, so if I am going to suffer anyway, why not to suffer defending my rights and not living as a slave! At least, I will be living hoping that something may change and with it, I might get some of my rights! But if all the people believed that there will be no change no matter what they do, nobody will come to bring them their rights.
The world is running low on resources but in the same time it’s getting more technological and that helps on saving the resources also when I am speaking about Egypt I say we have natural resources and from tourism we have lots of money, we also have gold and water and everything! How come we are still a 3rd world country? Something is wrong and we should not stay quiet about it! I do not trust to the UN and USA. They are just names made to take advantages of other falling countries resources. It is my personal opinion. I mean, if I am the USA, why would I make something like the USAID to help other countries if it destroying my economy and if I don’t get anything in return? I think there is always something behind it because, they are not stupid.”
We hope that these protests are not started by people who have power and who want more power. We hope that this time citizens do protests because they want it, not because they are manipulated! We hope that this time it is not the old story about Economic hit men (EHMs)*, story about political pressure from the United States, story about appointing and supporting political leaders of underdeveloped countries who serves to USA and moving them away when they stop to be ‘useful’. We hope that this time revolutions are not supported with their money. We hope that this time citizens will not have new leaders who will act as previous once. We really hope that this time, citizens are starting revolutions and will be able to fight peacefully until the moment they see leader who serves them, protect their country and take care of wealth being of all citizens. Friends, be strong! We admire you! We do hope that you will succeed and that you will make us believe that each and every of us can make a change! Take care…
As Nadia said: “I Hope that my story and Tunisian story could help young people all over the world, to understand, that the power comes from people, from union, from solidarity! When people decide from the deepest of their heart that the moment of change comes, nothing could stop them!”
Ahmed’s advice to young people: “If you let someone slap you on the face today and do nothing, tomorrow he will kick your ass! So, so be positive and do something beneficial with your life and always know that great change must come with great sacrifices!”
*Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign “aid” organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools included fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization. More information you can find in book ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’ (ISBN 0-452-28708-1) by John Perkins.
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