Arab Spring II: Anti-Islamist Protests Spread to Tunisia

Last month I asked whether Egypt and Tunisia might be headed toward Counter-Islamist revolutions. Now we may be seeing Arab Spring II.

It’s not just Egypt where the streets are full of protesters against the Islamist government that are reminiscent of the Arab Spring. It’s also happening in Tunisia, where the Arab Spring was born.

“I lost my eye because of the police, this is what Ennahda has done,” says Anis Omrani, 24, referring to the Islamist party.

“We don’t have jobs and we’re marginalised, but they attack us savagely … The police of Ennahda just add another problem,” Omrani says, with a patch over one eye.

Of at least 252 wounded, medical sources say 17 have been blinded through police use of birdshot, and U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay condemned the government on Friday for what she called excessive violence.

“You may have taken away our eyes but you can’t take away our voice!” reads a slogan daubed in red paint on a wall.

“The people want another revolution” and “Ennahda, go away! Game over!” say others.

The revolutionary graffiti recall Sidi Bouzid, the deprived town to the south where a street peddler burned himself to death two years ago in despair at the confiscation of his fruit cart.

His suicide provided the spark for an uprising in Tunisia that spread to Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain.

“Siliana will be the second Sidi Bouzid, we’re going to get rid of these Islamists who know nothing of Islam,” Omrani said.

Naturally Obama, who supported the Arab Spring, has been quick to get behind the protesters of Arab Spring II. And by that I mean there has been no acknowledgement whatsoever.

As I have said all along, Obama ignored the Iranian protests, while endorsing the Qatar backed Arab Spring, because he stands with Islamists, not against them. Obama supports democracy only where it benefits Islamists.

  • Mary Sue

    Well it's a good thing the normal, regular citizens of Tunisia and Egypt aren't going to be bullied into silence and maybe can help turn ___t around.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Last month I asked whether Egypt and Tunisia might be headed toward Counter-Islamist revolutions. Now we may be seeing Arab Spring II."

    I wonder what 0'Bama will do? Will he support the true freedom fighters, or the Islamists?

    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

    "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."

    The first quote leads to questions about which Muslim factions he would support in the middle eastern region. The second quote and his track record to date answer any questions about specific loyalties. He's loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood, the OIC, and sharia.

    4 more years? Really? Is there any other way where we don't have to put up with this traitor to humanity?

    Nothing personal Mr. 0'Bama. I think you'd make a fine…intern in some conservative law firm where you can learn about liberty and the American way of justice. Deprogramming takes a while so please be patient and repress the urge to cry victim status when you feel down about your inability to accomplish anything productive.

  • @Kenrick66

    Obama will support the Islamists, but on the QT, and not shoot his mouth off about as he did at the Cairo university. The Fat Lady, Hillary, will also keep her mouth shut. After all, they learned their lesson from the Benghazi debacle, because if they say nothing, or if they instruct the practiced liar, Susan Rice, to say nothing, then they can't deny or confirm anything. Mum's the word.

  • Anamah

    To this people my best wishes. Hope you are going to make hear your voice stronger all over the world. Say no to go back to the Middle Age! No to dictators, no to tyranny. Stop Muslim Brotherhood craziness and the Sharia ideology. We stand with you.

  • Chezwick

    I'd like to believe it's true…but these good folks remind me of conservatives in the USA, an enlightened minority without the means to effect real change. After all, the people of Egypt voted in the MB and the people of Tunisia voted in Ennahda. These protests are the expected last gasp of the Westernized Arabs as they watch their world descend into the 7th century.