23rd - 26th June 2011

Looking for the Tunisian Revolution

I'll admit I'm at least as excited about being in Tunisia itself as I am being at the Tunis Forum. Coming from Cairo, where visitors have been - and rightfully so - visiting with their eyes looking for "signs" of the revolution, it's a welcome change to be in the 'revolution tourist' seat for a few days!

But what would the "signs of the revolution" really be? A burned government building? A shred of a Ben Ali poster lining a garbage can, a graffiti on a wall?
Kacem tells me much of the graffiti on Kasba square has been painted over. A few of the police stations that were burned during the revolution however have not been fully rehabilitated and remain as unwilling monuments for Tunisia's incredible revolution days.

As we went to the CMAM for the forum's opening ceremony, we had the chance to welcome and greet a group of Tunisian youth - the Caravane du Sud pour la Dignite et la Liberte - who had arrived after a march honouring the revolution and the memory of its martyrs. They were joined for the last segment of the walk by some Forum participants to walk to the CMAM.

As I chatted with our new friends from the Caravane, in their snappy "La Tunisie fete sa Revolution" t-shirts (and I very much wanted one too), I realised how silly my search for the physical remnants of the revolution was.
I had met the people, and that was more than enough. The signs of the revolution - it's them!

Welcome to post-revolutionary Tunisia! Remember to congratulate your Tunisian fellow participants and ask them about their memories of the revolution. Everyone here has such fascinating stories to share...

Welcome to post-revolutionary

Welcome to post-revolutionary Tunisia! Remember to congratulate your Tunisian fellow participants and ask them about their memories of the revolution. Everyone here has such fascinating stories to share.

You're a real deep thniekr.

You're a real deep thniekr. Thanks for sharing.