TUNISIA -- APPEALS FROM COMMITTEES TO DRIVE OUTTHE REGIME AND FOR A CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLYPresentation
No, the Tunisian Revolution is not a matter of "jasmine," as the major mediawould have us believe. It is the work of the working class ... farm workers, youth,precarious workers, civil servants, the unemployed -- of an entire exploited andoppressed people.Ben Ali, the dictator, has fallen, but it is the regime of Ben Ali's party, theRassemblement Constitutionnel Democratique (RCD), that must leave.Everywhere, the protesters continue to chant, "Dissolve the RCD!"In many cities and many neighborhoods, the people formed committees todefend themselves against abuses. Those committees have since expanded innumber and broadened their scope, beginning to take over the tasks that hadbeen performed by the municipalities.In cities such as Kasserin, the mayor, officials and police -- who were allsubservient to the RCD and had crushed the population -- have fled. The city'speople's committee replaced them in power. In this movement, because of their experience and traditions, many UGTT (General Union of Tunisian Workers)activists and leaders are in these committees.No, the revolution in Tunisia is not a matter of "jasmine." It is the struggle of apeople for their emancipation. Therefore, we repeat once again: "To the Frenchand U.S. governments, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and EuropeanUnion: Hands Off the Tunisian Revolution!" --
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"The defense of the revolution requires the ouster of theRCD, its dissolution and the return to the people of all stolen property."
-- Fathi* a resident of Kasserin, interviewed on Jan. 21, 2011
: Can you describe the situation in the city today, which was one of thefirst to have started the fight to drive Ben Ali from power and to seek an end to