The coming of age of the Arab Spring

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Tunisia has held their first election since the long rule of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was toppled by a popular upprising. According to BBC World, it was praised as free, fair and peaceful by the EU and the United States. Over 90% of registered voters went to the polls, and many emerged from polling stations triumphantly displaying their inked fingers.

Tunisia was not just one of the countries swept up in the wave of Arab people’s revolutions, it was the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Popular protests were sparked by a young Tunisian man, Mohamed Bouazizi, that set fire to himself in protest against government wrongdoing and negative socioeconomic conditions. The protests then spread to neighbouring countries and across the Arab World, proving many cynical Westerners wrong. It proved that in fact Arabs want what “we” want- freedom, dignity and the right to choose one’s own government.

The election in Tunisia signifies the coming of age of the Arab Spring, and is also an inspiration to people in Western states that may have grown complacent or cynical about the rights and freedoms we have. Tunisians braved violence and repression to acquire the right to determine their government- “we”, the Westerners, inherited it free of cost-it is time all people exercise their right to change the outcome, to choose a government that they believe in.

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2 Comments

  1. Didn’t know you had a blog Em! Great way to release all your passion that I know you have. I’m your biggest fan! Love<3

    1. Thanks darling! It hasn’t been very active so far, but Im hoping to get 1 blog per week out there eventually. Lots of love to you!

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