Tear Gas in Tunis

As an illustration that the various situations in North Africa and the Middle East are still in the early stages of change, we see that they are not yet done (not by a long shot) in the place where it all started, Tunisia.

Via the BBC: Tunis police use tear gas to disperse demonstrators

The renewed protest comes a day after police cleared huge crowds from the streets demanding the resignation of the interim prime minister.

That was the biggest rally since the president fled after weeks of unrest.

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  1. Dave Schuler says:

    As I’ve said before I think this is the beginning of what is likely to be a period of unrest, possibly violent unrest, that may last for years or even decades.

  2. tps says:

    All of this brings to mind a line the character of G’Kar says in the series “Babylon 5”: “It is said that the future is always born in pain. The history of war is the history of pain. If we are wise, what is born of that pain matures into the promise of a better world, because we learn that we can no longer afford the mistakes of the past. “