The fleeing-ouster of Tunisia’s former president for 23 years, Ben Ali, can be called a popular revolution, as some journalists are reporting it. For insightful reporting, read Brian Whitaker’s blog, al-Bab. Whitaker (editor for The Guardian) has gathered his pieces on the demonstrations under a section called Tunisia: The fall of President Ben Ali. Some reporting credits WikiLeaks as helping fuel the demonstrations because of documents that indicate the U.S.’s acknowledgment of Ben Ali’s corruption. Two deaths in particular have motivated protests: an impoverished graduate student arrested for selling fruits and vegetables without a license set himself on fire and another unemployed Tunisian electrocuted himself. Other protestors have been shot.
la Tunisie – sustaining revolution?