Wikileaks Give Tunisian Revolution a Helping Hand

Blunt Head By Blunt Head, 26th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The revelations made by WikiLeaks have helped set off a chain of events in Tunisia.

A frustrated and angry Tunisian, named Muhammed Al Bouazizi, set himself on fire in protest of his country’s corrupt regime and passed away in mid-December due to his self inflicted wounds.

Taking a stand

Tunisians are taking a stand against their government, they have taken to the streets in widespread protests in a country where un-employment is as high as 30%. They had had enough of their corrupt riddled government and the abusive political system that violates their human rights. They are tired of a government that has been in power for 23 years and that has no respect for rule of law.

Using the Internet as a Political Tool

Even though Tunisians’ freedom of speech is being restricted by their despotic regime, they have found means to communicate with the outside world by means of the internet. They support the protests, as well as vent their frustrations on Facebook and Twitter about their President, Ben Ali and his wife’s family, the Trabelsis (now reported to have fled Tunisia with tons of gold), dubbed the “quasi mafia” by Tunisians.


The revelations made by WikiLeaks that caused this chain of events to occur states that in June 2008, the U.S. embassy in Tunisia had said, “Whether it’s cash, services, land, property or yes, even your yacht, President Ben Ali’s family is rumoured to covet it and reportedly gets what it wants.” This just elucidated what the Tunisian population already knew, that President Ben Ali and his family exploits the financial sector and economic system to enrich themselves.

References: CNN


Cnn, Crowds, Demographics Of Tunisia, Demostrations, Poverty, Revolution, Riots, Tunisia, Twitter, War, Wikileaks, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

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