Authoritarian Tunisia President Flees as Protesters Threaten (Update 1: Video)

Weeks of unrest culminate in the Tunisian president's exile

Until today, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali had been ruling Tunisia with an iron fist for 23 years.  Today, Fascism has one less safe haven, thanks to the fearless resistance of a motivated youth movement.

NPR announced that after weeks of rioting, the oppressive leader has stepped down and fled the country in fear, leaving it in the hands of Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi until new elections can be held.

The rioting has been bloody, as NPR reports that “Official estimates place the death toll by police gunfire at 23 — but opposition figures claim more than 100 have been killed.” (NPR)

That Ali has fled and his regime removed is is good news, but it’s also terribly ironic.  In Tunisia, they’re rioting to remove an authoritarian regime, while here, a whole segment of our confused country is calling for revolution to install one.

*** UPDATE 1 ***

I found video of the riots. It’s standard brutality, but it’s something we all need to see.

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