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    Posted January 16, 2011 by
    akallel
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    Turmoil in Tunisia

    Tunisia Forever Free & Dignified, Facebook and Twitter our bridge to freedom

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     akallel moved to the U.S. from Tunisia in 2000. He and his Tunisian friends went to Facebook’s headquarters in Palo Alto on Saturday to show thanks for the social-media site’s role in facilitating the revolution in Tunisia. 'We wanted to thank Facebook for enabling our nation (both inside and outside the country) to freely share their opinion online bridging our way to democracy.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

          

    Tunisia Forever Free & Dignified, Facebook and Twitter our bridge to freedom

    Since December 17th, we have witnessed some of the bravest souls; face down the worst time in Tunisian history, emerging on January 14th dignified, free and proud like never before.

    Armed with nothing more than a revolutionary heart and passionate hopes of a better future they gathered and protested as government forces aimed their weapons and fired live rounds killing over 100 heros.

    Yet the threats of arrest and torture meant absolutely nothing to the masses – for they had simply lost every ounce of fear.

    It was the final testament to the brutality of a dictator, leading Zine El-Abedine Ben Ali to flee his country like a rat up a drainpipe after 23 brutal years.

    Our victory, while new and brave was born in Sidi Bouzib, on the life of Mohamed Bou Azizi and over 100 heros of the fine nation of Tunisia, and bridged around the globe with social media.

    To this historic time we stood shoulder to shoulder, offering a token of gratitude on behalf of every Tunisia, and in thanks to the social networks of Facebook, Youtube and Twitter for helping a nation reinvent its freedom. 

    And with so much pride and gratitude for being Tunisians, we will remember the dead, pay tribute to the brave and help rebuild our democracy, solidify our freedom and prosper our Tunisia.

    Today we celebrate the character of a nation, Tunisia.

     



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