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Islamists, As Usual, Blame Someone Else
Confronted by the effects of their policies the Islamists in Tunisia blame other unspecified political parties for the riot – nothing new there then. The report that follows is from here at France 24:
Police fired warning shots and tear gas Thursday to disperse protesters who attacked provincial government headquarters in the town where Tunisia’s revolution was born, an AFP correspondent witnessed.
Demonstrators also tried to torch the local headquarters of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda, after some of them broke down the door and sacked the offices.
Dozens of people, angry over their living conditions, converged on the government building in Sidi Bouzid and set fire to a tyre, which they threw inside.
Police responded with warning shots and tear gas, as demonstrators shouted “Ben Ali’s police are back,” in reference to the long-time dictator driven from office last year by a popular revolt.
The [Interior] ministry said about 150 people, day workers demanding to be paid, were involved. Union sources said more than 1,000 people took part.
An Ennahda spokesman deplored the sacking of the party’s offices by what he called “a group of demonstrators manipulated by political parties,” which he did not name.
It's all very well trying to impose a theocracy, as Ennahda is trying to do, but the bottom line is that the blatant financial chicanery of the Tunisian Islamists is slowly beginning to dawn on the average Tunisian working man and woman. The Ennahda party members swan around in luxury, air-conditioned cars, live in the best houses and seem to have unlimited money and personal possessions by the pantechnicon load. The ordinary Tunisian in the street is beginning to see that he has just swapped one dictatorship for another. It is now, for many Tunisians, a race against time – whether there is still enough time left to eject the most egregious offenders like Ennahda is the race but it is possible that it is too late and they have managed to get themselves into positions of power from which they cannot be dislodged.