No leadership is required for revolution

The leader who projected enlightenment for 23 years and confronted the Islamic forces and was smudged with corruption had to leave the country.

President of Tunisia, Zain-ul-Abideen Ali fled the country on January 14, fearing the public onslaught. A blue-eyed boy of US and European countries was, in fact, a dishonest and cruel ruler for his masses who sold out honour and assets of his country to the Western powers. He must have in mind that the nations he served by keeping his people hungry and poverty-stricken, will provide him protection and asylum in their country. When his country was witnessing peaceful protests and people had surrounded his palace, he sneaked out and went straight to the airport which was under military control. His planned destination was France but the pilot was informed midway that the plane would not be allowed to land in France. The plane landed temporarily in Malta where Libyan guards were protecting him. He contacted all his western contacts but all in vain. He contacted Qatar and Kuwait where US armies could protect him but was denied entry. At last his plane landed in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with some restrictions. What an irony, you can stay in a comfortable palace but forget the politics. You will not utter any word or comment on political situation. The moment the tout of western powers got the asylum, the Tunisian Radio broadcast the news of his resignation and fleeing from the country.

The similar stories of running away and begging for asylum like Zain-ul-Abideen Ali have been repeated many times in the present history. US and its allies deserted the defectors of their nations in the same fashion. Even the wealth they had accumulated by inflicting their masses with poverty and hunger could not be used by them. The Tunisian rulers who did not learn any lesson by that insult and notoriety were taught lesson by the furious masses. The public anger was bulging against the tyrannical rulers who ruled the country with treachery and oppression. Finally, when they lost the control, the volcano erupted and the lava of anger spilled into the streets, they had no leader, but the goal was the same ‘to get rid of plunderers and dishonest rulers.

Think for a moment and see how the revolution began: Very polite, civilised and fully imbued with western values and inspired by all the charm of the so-called enlightenment, the people of Tunisia ‘where they have oil and gas in abundance and agricultural resources are surplus, ‘are deprived of basic needs. The corruption of ruling elite had made life of the common man miserable. Price hike, inflation, unemployment, the luxuries of the rulers was the topic of discussion everywhere in the country. Press was not free but internet was allowed. Twitter and facebook gave tongue to the people when WikiLeaks revealed the corruption stories of the ruling family. Internet blogs were full of hatred and anger. The turmoil was further infuriated by an unfortunate incident. A well-educated young man, Muhammad Bo Zaidi started selling fruit and vegetable on a pushcart in the market. He was educated in a university but due to unemployment he was forced to do that. One day anti-encroachment officials came and asked to produce the permit to sell those items on the cart. The man replied if it was necessary to get the permission. On this he was pushed aside along with his belongings, loaded in the truck and dumped in a police station. The man was so much depressed that he tried to commit suicide by spraying petrol on him. Soon afterwards the pictures of his burning body were on the internet. People came to the streets. Without any leadership or guide they were fed up with those hypocrites who lived a luxurious life and in the meantime talk about the poverty as well. It was December 18, 2010, when police was baton charging and throwing tear gas canisters on the people, and protesters were breaking the shops, smashing the cars and buses. Muhammad Bo Zaidi was admitted to hospital. The publicity-hungry leaders went to the hospital, announced his treatment at the state expense and also promised for financial support. President Zain-ul-Abideen also went to the hospital but people had already come to know their real face, the protests went on, on December 22, a young man, Lahson Naji, climbed the electric pole and got himself killed. Next day a man Ramzi al Abudi killed himself in the market because he could not pay back his loan to a microfinance credit company. Now the mob was furious.

The pictures of suicide victims were in the hands of protesters, they had resolved to kill the rulers instead of killing themselves. They were confronting the police guns.

Muhammad Bo Zaidi died in the hospital on January 14. On January 6, 800 lawyers became part of the protest movement. The government imposed night curfew, but the mob was uncontrollable, they had deep hatred for the system. In their eyes, parliament, speaker, president and prime minister were all fraud.

On January 14, for the first time they had a leadership. Hizbut Tehrir brought a rally to install Khilafet first time in the history of Tunisia. Military was everywhere. People surrounded the jail, the prisoners joined them. The superintendent of the jail opened the gates out of fear. On January 16, the nephew of Zain-ul-Abideen and partner in his corruption, Umeed Terabalsi was stabbed to death. Protests were going on despite unrelenting gun fires, the rulers were fleeing the country. The president announced the elections within six months, 300 thousand employments for the jobless people, ministries were reshuffled, schools, colleges and universities were closed, government was dissolved and emergency was announced. The leader who projected enlightenment for 23 years and confronted the Islamic forces and was smudged with corruption had to leave the country.

The Supreme Court announced to establish a national government and appointed a commission under the command of Yudh bin Akhir to amend the constitution and laws according to the desires of the masses. The time will tell about the results. But the revolution has established one thing that to alleviate the condition of poverty-stricken unemployed people, no leadership is required, only a photo of a self-immolated man is enough.

By: Orya Maqbool Jan

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