Assassination is an extreme form of Censorship


Yesterday, I was asked by American freshmen students during the Arabic Cultural Hour I organized : "Do people in Tunisia live peacefully with each other". My answer was: "We do because we have been raised on a culture of tolerance and solidarity". I was even giving examples of how we saved and hosted the Jews during the Holocaust or how the extended family stand together in crises.

However, what I see today in Tunisia is none of our culture, spirit or grandma stories about the 50s and 60s.

Under two dictatorships, people were exiled, jailed, tortured, oppressed by those in power but NEVER assassinated. Though all the frustration it has been through these last two years, the Tunisian society has started to take a political shape, from over 100 emerging parties in 2011 to three major blocs today, from bullshit discussions and unknown figures on media outlets to diverse constructive debate, solid views and interesting figures and leaders' positions, from a very weak and submissive civil society to an empowered one, from traditional biased media to citizen journalism. Then, yesterday, everything is back to square one...

Every single life and soul of every Tunisian is worthy. The lives of children, man , women and all people and so is the life of those dedicated to public service. The assassination of Chokri Belaid is a sorrow for Tunisia not only because it is an act of killing a human being but also an act of extreme censorship to a leader who revealed corruption and voiced the voiceless.This is not censoring YouTube or Daily-motion, hacking blogs,Facebook Pages and Tweeter accounts, dispersing protests with teargas or bribing and shutting mouths.This is killing and censoring the heartbeat for Lifetime.

When journalists are arrested because they've taken photos for their articles, we ask where is freedom of expression? When everything is denied accessibility we ask where is transparency? When the corrupt hands are out of jail, we ask where is accountability? when political leaders are assassinated because of their positions, what shall we ask?

Alike, living under oppression and violations for years, Tunisians never had resort to violence as response to any form of oppression or crisis. The demands have always been through hunger strikes, peaceful protests and rallies that of course have always been successfully shut down until the revolution. However, today, people denounce for terror and violence and the extreme minds call for division.

I wonder who can be happy, by the end of the day, because of incitation to violence, contribution to killing, chaos or division! What I am sure of , it can be anyone but a real Tunisian patriot who loves Tunisia's soil, hold its flag and chant its anthem by heart!

 
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Comments

Anonymous said…
I agree that assasination is not something Tunisians use to do in Tunisia. And I also believe it is not in the interest of the islamists in the government to do something like that and destabilise their government and their country...
On the other hand, assasination is something very usual for Mossad and destabilizing arab countries is very usual for the state of Israel...
Aya Chebbi said…
Are you guessing that behind this assassination is Israel?
Anonymous said…
Who else wants the arab countries of the region to be destabilized and weak? And their record is talking by itself, they are the world champions of assasinations:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israeli_assassinations
Aya Chebbi said…
Israel has no interests in Tunisia! then the Maghreb is full terrorists and extermists more than ever before! but in Tunisia's case we still have the former regime loyals that may have interests to unstable the country and also the concerned people of the last declarations Chokri made on TV before his death "allah yarhamou"
Anonymous said…
Young lady, I think that you are very naive, if you believe that Israel has no interests in Tunisia. There was always and there is still a jewish community in Tunisia. And it is very much the interest of Israel, if all the arab countries of the region (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia) are weak and chaotic... The survival of the state of Israel depends on how strong and united are its arab neighbors. If they are not strong nor united, that means that Mossad and its local agents are doing a good job...
Aya Chebbi said…
My dear "Anonymous", Israel has more interest in the Middle East and its neighbors than in North Africa and for the same reason you said that we've had a Jewish community since the Holocaust and we live with them since then! Israel didn't wake up right now to make chaos in Tunisia, it has a lot more to deal with than thinking about a country that it is already in alert situation, chaotic and in transition!! I think if only you knew about Chokri Belaid and everyday life in Tunisia since the revolution which is a` continuous unrest and regular protests and rallies, you wouldn't make the same observation.
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