#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Tunisia: revolution of the ordinary man

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tunisia: revolution of the ordinary man

TUNISIANS: Digging in and inspiring others.  
The popular uprising that swept Tunisia's longtime leader from power last week is sending ripples across other regions known for their autocratic rulers.

Following President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali's ouster amid street protests, people in Central Asia, Azerbaijan, and Iran, have started to draw parallels between the situation in Tunisia and in their own countries.

To be sure, popular reaction is nowhere near the scale of that in places closer to Tunisia, like Egypt, where activists have been using social media to urge copycat protests.

But with most Central Asian presidents of a similar vintage to Ben Ali -- who had ruled Tunisia since 1987 -- people writing to RFE/RL's language services are pointing out some similarities, and voicing hope their rulers will go the same way.

"Just like us! Those in Tunisia are in the same situation like us, Azerbaijanis," writes Baku resident Natiq Cavadli in a comment on RFE/RL's Azeri-language website, azadliq.org.

"The Tunisian scenario could be repeated in Turkmenistan, too," a reader called "Makhmal" writes to azathabar.com, RFE/RL's Turkmen-language website. "If Turkmen leaders don't want the repetition of the Tunisian events in our country, they should take measures to improve the situation here."

Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan -- along with Ashgabat's neighbors in Central Asia -- are notorious for their autocratic, long-ruling presidents, who run their countries with an iron fist while their family members frequently have control over their country's wealth.

"Jomi" from Dushanbe hopes the overthrow of Ben Ali by popular uprising sends a message to people throughout Asia and Africa that "no one can stay in power indefinitely."
 
"First it was Kyrgyzstan, now Tunisia became the second and time will show who is going to be the third," writes "Jomi" to RFE/RL's Tajik-language website, ozodi.org. "Unfortunately, most leaders in Asia and Africa have opted for unjust ruling.... [Tunisia] should teach them a lesson."

"Wake up Central Asia!" writes "Kanatbek" from Bishkek on RFE/RL's Kyrgyz-language website, azzattyk.kg. (Farangis Najibullah, Radio Liberty)

Footnote: A twitter revolution? Or a WikiLeaks one? Or something much more basic.  

Social media did have an important role to play. An estimated 18 percent of Tunisia’s population is on Facebook and, left unblocked by the government, it was a place where many Tunisians shared updates pertaining to the protests. 

And with a paucity of on-the-ground media coverage, Twitter excelled as a medium in getting the message out, in driving mainstream media coverage, and in connecting activists on the ground with multipliers in the West.

Revolutions, of course, are notoriously slippery customers to evaluate. As Juan Cole writes, "Revolutions are always multiple revolutions happening simultaneously." It's difficult enough looking at revolutions from years ago and attributing relative importance to each of the many factors, let alone when people are still on the streets and chaos reigns. 

When you look at the complex mix of factors in Tunisia -- the economy, a frustrated over-educated, unemployed middle class, the trade unions, rampant censorship and government corruption, and, yes, social media -- establishing a single cause for the revolution, especially for something as marginal for most Tunisians as WikiLeaks, seems preposterous.

If there is a need to apply a single cause and moniker for the events in Tunisia, it would make as much sense to call this the “Mohamed Bouazizi Revolution,” after the man who set himself on fire a few weeks ago to protest the government. (Luke Allnut, Radio Liberty)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kaivit's i taukei are lamu sona & big liumuri's............let them suffer under the illegal regime.
majority are lazy and just go with the flow. the world is wasting their time cause the i taukei does not want to claim their freedom. they like to be opressed & told what to do.

daddy's little girl said...

2011 is the year for culling of dictators and their corrupt families and supporters. This is the best start to any year since the bulleting of Ceasescu and his idiot wife by loyal patriotic soldiers in Romania. Tunisia's dictator has done a runner and daddy's little boy, baby doc, has been arrested after returning to Haiti. Others are on notice.
As we have seen with the regime in Fiji, corruption and nepotism for the dictator's family and those supporting him are getting worse. As the few coup cronies get rich the country sinks into economic oblivion. The rule of law is totally compromised. Many of the coup cowards and supporters are now doing a runner - most recently Reddy, Swinstead and now Aziz.... opting out of the cassava patch pee in your pants race. Watch as other rats swarm off the sinking ship.

Keep The Faith said...

C4.5 -- fyi

http://intelligentsiya.blogspot.com/2011/01/breaking-villagers-accused-of-planting.html

Anonymous said...

RATU SAID.
ITS TIME FOR FIJIAN PEOPLE TO HAVE A REVOLUTION IN FIJI.
WE HAD SOME COUP MARCHES IN FIJI BEFORE IN 1987/2000.ALL WAS DONE AGAINST THE INDIAN PEOPLE.
WHAT HAPPEN TO ALL THE LEADERS LIKE TORA/KUBUBOLA /BOLE CHANGED THIER TUNE NOW AND JOIN BANI GOVT.
CHIEFS,QARASE,CHAUDARY,FELIX,URAI,KORI ,TEVITA KORI,NAMUNDU,ATTAR SINGH,PARMOD RAE,Y P REDDY .CHURCH LEADER..
WHERE ARE YOU LEADERS.ALL LAMU SONA NOW WITH BANI/TALIBAN AIYAZ.
ITS TIME FOR ARMY AND POLICE AND UNI /TRADE.AND CHURCH TO BE UNITED AND TAKE THE STREETS AND FIGHT THIS CORRUPT GOVT OF BANI/AG TALIBAN.
IF NOT THAN JUST SUFFER ..

Anonymous said...

To the contributer of this blog.What are you trying to acieve by publishing such articles.Are you trying to incite the people against VB & Co.If so,please stop this charade because if such a thing occurs in Fiji there will be more chaos and bloodshed.From all the articles that I read in this blog,the contributors it seems are none other than Nationalist who are now doing spitting their evil under the guise of democracy.If you are so concerned about the grassroot people than please dont hide in Australia,New Zealand or any other part of the world.Just go to Fiji and join the struggle for democracy.Dont hide behind masks and guises.You are the same people who had been behind the rape of democracy since 1987.Its just that the tides have changed now and VB & Company are bringing a new era.Have you ever seen a PM on horseback since Independence?You guys had all been harping that VB had a stroke.Than how come he was on horseback and visiting the most remote part of Fiji.Please stop this propaganda of inciting an uprising because I doubt thar this will happen.

TheMax said...

The question to ask is, Who is going to benefit from a revolution similar to one in Tunisia?. The answer is NONE. Not a single person will benefit except Australia and New Zealand who will then come in with a master solution backed by US and UK which expands and accelerate their agenda for total subjugation of the Pacific people.

The one single thing that anti-Bainimarama/Fiji people do not understand is that, a majority of the people in Fiji are sick of disruptions caused by the politics of race because at the end of the day, not a single person benefit except those who are lurking from the outside perpetuating the propaganda for their own selfish greed and egos.

NO ONE IS GULLIBLE ANYMORE and all thanks to BAINIMARAMA's leadership for putting a stop to all the nonsense peddle by corrupt politicians and their cohorts sitting in the foreign offices in Aussie, NZ, US and UK whose only motive is to support strategies that keep their hegemony over unsuspecting peace loving people in the world.

TUNISIA revolution will not happen in Fiji. The only revolution that will happen is the continuation of the current master plan by the RFMF to lift the economic disparity between indigenous Fijians and other races while at the same time, develop this country to be the rightful jewel of the Pacific better than New Zealand and Australia.

Mark my word down, the PLAN WILL BE REALIZED COME HELL OR HIGH.

Radiolucas said...

@ TheMax

NAUGHTY OZ AND NZ TRYING TO STEAL FIJI

Also - why on EARTH would NZ and Australia benefit from Fiji returning to democracy? They would then be obliged to send us more Aid! That doesnt HELP them. That COSTS them more money.

As for you inference to "slavery" - this was banned in the 1800s. Australia and NZ get more than enough migrants from Fiji (never mind EVERYWHERE ELSE not to want to have MORE migrants). What sort of idiot-cave do you live in?

THE RFMF'S GRAND PLAN

What is "the current master plan" that Frank has so carefully hidden from the people?

Have you seens it? Did Croz show you the napkin where he saw it on? Does it read something like this?:

1. Invent series of lies. Take control of government institutions;

2. Invent series of happy fluffy ideas like alleged "clean up" campaign;

3. Appoint yes-men to key positions. Procrastinate;

4. Fire yes-men. Blame them for delay. Procrastinate;

5. Appoint new round of yes-men; Procrastinate;

6. Censor media. Blame foreign entities for delays. Fire yes-men again. Arrest or deport any critics;

7. Fire judiciary. Appoint friends and family to high positions. Take trips to other foreign dictatorships to discuss shopping destinations, money laundering etc.;

8. Ignore critics and constant international condemnation. Blame everyone else for failure of happy fluffy ideas;

9. Rinse and repeat happy fluffy ideas - explain delay by referring to evil foreign entities and any yes-men that have already been fired;

10. Repeat (9.) until friends and family filthy rich.

10. Purchase property in holiday destinations with funds from (9.).

11. Appoint friendly successor Dictator and hope they don't turn against you.

Revolting prospect isnt it?

So just WHO is GULLIBLE here?

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Max but your dream will never be realised when you have corrupt people like Bainimarama and Aiyaz running the government. What do you have to say about the daughter now CEO of Fiji Sports Council?
Democracy is the best policy and also Media freedom.
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely and as you can see Bai was corrupt from day 1.
I'm amazed that people did not see through his bullshit and went and helped him do the Charter etc.
How gullible are some people!
The Lauans have a saying for these sort of people "Ko sa vuli ga ka ta sukulu"
Their greed and thirst for power also blinded them.
Where are they now?
Wrong is wrong and will always be wrong. You cannot do a coup and expect things to turn out right.
So stop the bullshit Max.
Democracy is not perfect but it's the best form of government available to human beings, this side of Heaven.
Bainimarama will NEVER Ever save this country; He will drive it to the dust.There will be more corruption.
That is the nature of the beast.
You cannot plant a Pawpaw tree and expect it to give you Coconuts.
You must be joking!

Jake said...

Radio Otiose.

Well I do believe my son the only one who appears to be very GULLIBLE is you.

I suppose when you are young and trying very hard to build you little castle and just when you thought everything was on the up voila Bai decided to systemically dismantle and blow your castle to smithereens.

How disheartening that was.


Jake

Smell the Fear said...

You can smell the fear as the noose tightens on the junta and its pathetic panicky supporters. This is the year for the 'despatch' of dictators and all who benefit from their criminal corrupt activity. Is there a better sport than hunting down vermin?

Anonymous said...

Hey Jake, you too got caught up in his bullshit. What's happened to your paper on Media in Fiji? Well they're using it as toilet paper in Delainabua.

Radiolucas said...

@ Jake

"I suppose when you are young and trying very hard to build you(r) little castle and just when you thought everything was on the up voila Bai decided to systemically dismantle and blow your castle to smithereens."

That seems accurate. Frank destroyed many little "castles" in Fiji for so many, many young people.

So from what you say, you believe it is a GOOD thing that Frank destroyed everything that I, and the people that I know worked so hard to build for his own lust for power and money?

If you are indeed one of his supporters, Frank doesnt need enemies.

Anonymous said...

To Jake and Max and others like them. I just have one thing to say. "ARE YOUR FUCKING BLIND MEN". You live in a constant state of denial. Surely if you live in Fiji you are paying through your noses for your weekly grocery which in most estimates have doubled in cost. How do you like that. Is it fun to be told to survive on tin fish,flour,rice and tea as these are the only things most people can afford these days. For those who say these are short term pains that we must endure for the greater good let me tell you something, in Fiji nothing is short term. Prices never come down and the dollar never gets revalued upwards. Doesn't it appear obvious that the few things that Frank is doing that is positive like bus fare subsidies food vouchers etc are aimed at shutting dump idiots like you who cant see past their noses as to what is really happening to our economy. These are carrots before the big stick. Wake up men.

Anonymous said...

RATU SAID.
THE LEADERS, CHURCH LEADERS AND CHIEFS SHOULD TAKE THE STREETS AND EVERY ONE WILL JOIN THEM LIKE IN 1987/2000.
THESE CORRUP GOVT OF BANI/TALIBAN AG HAS TO GO BEFORE FIJI BECOMES A TALIBAN BROKE STATE.
THEY FIRED GOOD PEOPLE FROM GOVT,ARMY,POLICE.
SO THEY CAN PROTECT THIER FRIENDS AND SIDE KICK BUSINESSMENS.
WAKE UP FIJI LEADERS NOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE TO SAVE OUR FIJI.