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Second class: discrimination against the government’s fan club

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The downfall of Ben Ali has brought to the fore an ever-growing fan club of the newly-elected Islamist government to replace them.


Meriem Dhaouadi
16 June 2012

I have always had a strong feeling against the previous government’s loyalists for they were obviously party to the crimes committed against the Tunisian people and I thought for a moment that they might want to redeem their twenty-four years of bootlicking after the fall of their ‘idol’. To my surprise, the downfall of Ben Ali has brought to the fore an ever-growing fan club of the newly-elected Islamist government to replace them.

The longstanding tradition of devotion for the glory of decision-makers has persisted and is even amplified with the coming of the Islamist leaders and if, 'God forbid', one deviated from this righteous path; he or she would soon be punished according to the laws of the jungle.

Only yesterday, president Marzouki in a televised interview made it clear that he is a legitimate president of a legitimate government elected by legitimate citizens. His highness did not forget to utter the magic word “I will not step down” which relieved millions of people in his fan club. Six months ago, the president promised Tunisians that he would resign if he could not improve the economic conditions, provided that protests and sit ins would be suspended for that period. The bad news is that almost nothing has changed and the good news is that the president will not now resign and the rationale behind this sea-change is not that he is too attached to that comfortable presidential seat - but that he is clinging onto hope.

Unfortunately, I suffer from low hope and optimism, and I decided to visit a political analyst (who happens to work as a blood analyst in his free time) to put this problem to him, and he recommended that I acquaint myself with the loyalists that envision such a rosy future, and learn how to refill my patience battery, until such a time that the legitimate government achieves the goals of the revolution, mainly those concerning development and jobs. Be patient! Look to the half full glass.

He told me that we will be rewarded because the majority did vote for pious people with clean hands and clear signs of prayer on their foreheads. I remembered the experience of people in Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Iran and I felt grateful to say the least.

If you display a blind and fervent loyalty to the government, there is no doubt about it that your chances of being appointed in a key governmental position will increase. One of the key qualifications and skills that the best candidate must have is an unprecedented ability to defend the government and tout its miraculous 404 not found achievements.

Chances are that you will get to smell tear gas in a protest against the government. But when it comes to counter-protests to support the government you don’t have to worry, you are exercising your right of free speech and free assembly.

Regardless of whether you are involved in an opposing party or not you will be mocked systematically for belonging to the camp of the losers, those who could not make it in the October elections, those who are motivated by their greed to secure a high post or rank in the government.

You will be stamped as a traitor serving the foreign agendas of the devil that have nothing in their minds but to destroy Green Tunisia.

Gone are the days when we worked hand in hand in a leaderless revolution to achieve a Tunisian spring.

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