17/01/11

Nas barricadas tunisinas

O relato de um ocidental vivendo no país:
I hadn't really slept in about 2 days so i woke up today at around 1 pm. Hamduallah

My experiences last night at the barricades were pretty intense.

As I wrote last night, I initially went out there to stop potential looters from robbing me or 
any of my friends. I had also never have had to opportunity to "man the barricades" before, and I enjoy new experiences.

I had heard rumors that there may be members of the interior ministry connected security forces (aka THE POLICE, NOT THE ARMY) causing problems, but i thought they were just corrupt cops killing people for their stuff.

When I got to the barricades people were a little surprised I was there. I don't speak Arabic very well, and I was probably one of the only foreigners who was stupid and bored enough to stand on a corner in the entire country that night.

I was only there for a few minutes when we were told that looters were not the real enemy tonight. Like I have written before, there has been a highly organized and brutal attempt by the interior ministry (i think its safe to call them the "former" interior ministry now) to sow chaos by going on a campaign of seemingly-random mass murders across the country.

These terrorists were armed with automatic weapons and driving around in cars, and we were all on foot armed only with axe handles, knives and badly constructed barricades. At this point I started getting a little nervous.

However, despite the terror and despair everyone was feeling, the barricades were sort of like a block party, albeit a block party with terrifying undertones of violence.

As the night went on people started bringing out water and tea, and more people came out to join us. There were a lot of people there who seemed like they wanted to practice their English and i wanted to practice my Arabic (jaiysh=army, katush=gun shot, tahan=asshole=policeman)

When the police start killing random citizens out of spite, and then a newly revolutionary army goes a head and deputizes everyone with a knife or stick, it really brings out the worst and best in people.

There was one drunken fat man, who's breath smelled of liquor who was wielding dual butcher knives. He kept threatening other volunteers and vandalizing things and eventually people made him leave.

Most of the people were extremely inspirational and there were some people who took it upon themselves to be sort of leaders or messengers and ran from corner to corner, letting people know what was up. In my neighborhood the people who were doing this were two old men, and (implausibly) one young woman.

The young woman, named Leila spoke some English. She said "you are in our country, in our revolution" I started to say "I just don't want anyone taking my shit or shooting at my house" but she cut me off "you should get citizenship here, like Che in Cuba."

My motives are far from revolutionary, and she was totally busting my balls, but it still felt nice.
[Tunisia Scenario]

5 comentários:

Niet disse...

Bom e expressivo relato. Assim é que é, claro. A situação avança- um pouco como no Irão em 1979 - e a saída liberal-democrática procurada pelo PM não tem para já alternativa, pois os partidos da Oposição clássica e os militantes exilados ( o líder do P.C.T. e de ONGs pacifistas)não têm força real para impôr o que quer que seja. Bom trabalho, M. Madeira, o seu ao aventurar-se pelos vitoriosos sentiers da diferença e da inequívoca modernidade. Encontrei uns artigos " menores no Counterpunch e na The New Republic,hoje. Na Blogosfera lusa não se vêem sinais de análise ao que surgiu na Tunísia com a Liberdade ao alcance das mãos. Niet

mikael ar canjas disse...

parece fabricadozito

o caso tunisino por enquanto

é um coup anti-ceausescu

com os fiéis do regime com as mãos no poder

o exército que apoiou ainda lá está

prenderam uns quantos

lança-se a culpa nos tontons macoutes

subsidia-se o pão e afoga-se a coisa na esperança

libertária
é sempre assi

há gente que vê miragens

os tunisinos também falam francês
vão ver os blogues deles ó cambada de obtusos

quem lê merdas em 2ª mão
só fica mais embrutecido
e com mais ilusões

Miguel Madeira disse...

Mas EU não falo francês

Niet disse...

Oh, sr. Mikael: Páre com as suas alarvidades! Indique- como se faz e o fizémos- os sites ou os blogues. Já hoje li uma entrevista com Gilles Kepel, que se encontra no Egipto, onde se " desmonta " este processo singular e iniciático de sublevação no " mundo árabe ", in Libération. Niet

Niet disse...

Rastilho da "insurreição " tunisina atinge a Líbia! Ver blogue al.bab. com associado ao The Guardian. Yes,we can! Niet