- Tunisia a country under
- The September 11 attacks are benefiting to the Tunisian
President Ben Ali who has proclaimed his intent to fight terrorism.
He is taking this opportunity to modify the constitution of his
country and in the same time to be re-elected president with
even more power than before. Everybody knows that the referendum
for the modified constitution is a masquerade. The opposition
is muzzled. The system is based on terror. The more the people
are afraid the more they can be controlled.
People eager for freedom have been transformed into people
under surveillance and unable to speak freely. Repression applies
to everyone and those in power control all the institutions.
In Tunisia there is a system of state terrorism.
- How is it possible not to regret French politicians' support
and encouragement to President Ben Ali?
I have participated in a Press conference for the coming out
of a new book entitled "Tunisia, the dark side" published
by Reporters without Frontiers. It contains many documents that
condemn the regime.It is a very useful book for tourists fond
of nice beaches with fine sand, the sea, the sun, the palm trees
. of Tunisia. They will learn about the sufferings of the
I had the pleasure to see again Radhia Nasraoui, a women I admire
very much for her courage and determination. A lawyer, she is
persecuted by the government. Her husband, Hamma Hammani, has
been in jail for a long time as leader of an opposition party.
At that time he is doing a hunger strike. Radhia insisted that
I go to Tunis, I decided to go with a group of delegates to defend
her husband and to ask for a general amnesty for all the victims
of the political repression in Tunisia.
The journalist and poet Taoufik Ben Brik was also attending the
same Press conference, he has done a hunger strike that had a
strong impact. I was happy to see him again. He is a rebel that
nobody can prevent to speak.
I was also thinking of an absent: the highly estimated magistrate,
Mokhtar Yahyaoui, who dared to denounce the absence of independence
of the judicial system in his country. In spite of the pressure
put on him and his family he did not give up. He has been dismissed.
I remember calling him on his mobile phone to congratulate him
and to tell him how he was the honor of his country. Moktar answered:
"He was deeply touched"
As long as men and women stand up to resist to injustice and
fear, we have hope.