2 thoughts on “Egypt, Jordan pro-democracy movement continues

  1. Opposition set for further protests

    ALBANIA: The opposition Socialists have confirmed that they will hold a new protest rally on Friday, defying Western pressure for compromise with Prime Minister Sali Berisha’s right-wing administration.

    Political tensions have simmered in the country since January 21, when the government deployed armed police to quell an anti-corruption rally, killing three opposition supporters.

    Mr Berisha, who is under pressure to hold early elections over allegations of corruption in the 2009 general election, accuses the centrist Socialists of trying to stage a coup.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/100524

  2. Thanks for Tunisia coverage

    As a British Tunisian living in Britain I would like to express my appreciation to Socialist Worker for its recent articles on the Tunisian revolution ( Mass protest topples tyrant , 22 and 29 January).

    They have told the true story of ordinary Tunisians, how they have overcome suppression and emerged as heroes in the fight for rights and freedoms.

    I have been disappointed by the way the rest of the Western media has reported the revolution.

    As a young girl my father told me never to bad mouth the dictator Ben Ali either in Tunisia or even in Britain for fear of retribution on our return.

    Over the last month, for the first time in my 25 years, I have been able to speak freely with my own family in Tunisia about their struggle, and how Ben Ali has ruled Tunisia with an iron fist.

    The government in Tunisia, like so many others in the world has been riddled with fraud and corruption. The ruling families bled Tunisia dry.

    For the poor in Tunisia, no amount of education or intelligence was enough to work within certain sectors without money for bribes to secure permits and keep police from the door.

    Mohamed Bouazizi was a humble fruit seller, pushing his cart through the streets to earn an honest living.

    Yet he was harassed by the authorities for bribe money.

    He may have killed himself in protest but his memory will live on as the man who spurred on a whole nation to fight for their freedom.

    In Egypt the masses are drawing on their neighbours’ courage and also taking a stand against oppression.

    I am deeply proud of the strength and solidarity displayed by ordinary men and women.

    I am incredibly pleased that at last we can begin to enjoy freedoms that so many take for granted.

    What has happened in Tunisia shows that if we stand together and campaign for what we know is right then anything is possible.

    Farah Khazri, Southport/Jendouba (Tunisia)

    http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=23768

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