Revolution in Tunisia

Within the past week, Tunisia has gone from a country of angry protesters to a nation fueled by revolutionary turmoil. The conflict began when a man was killed for stealing food. The people began by protesting the decision; however, protests turned into violent demonstrations over government authority. 

According to VOA News, students, professionals, and laborers all took “to the street in criticism of the government’s economic policies, limits on freedom of speech and association, and allegations of corruption.” 

The riots and demonstrations in Tunisia became severe enough to oust President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali out of North Africa and to refuge on the island of Malta. 

With the collapse of the governments in Greece, Ireland, Lebanon, and Tunisia, world leaders will be evaluating the cost of economic steering and civil oppression as measured in the eyes of the public. Western or not, liberty is liberty. 

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