[IRP] Slim Amamou (and other bloggers) arrested in Tunisia

Meryem Marzouki meryem
Sun Jan 9 19:29:14 EET 2011

Hi all,

Update: It seems, but this still needs firm confirmation, that Slim  
and some other bloggers (and a rapper) are now free. The bad news is  
that the police and/or the army have been shooting people in some  
Tunisian cities. There are deaths.

Le 7 janv. 11 ? 16:27, Meryem Marzouki a ?crit :

> Dear all,
> You've probably heard about the situation in Tunisia, with street  
> demonstrations, strikes and other actions following events in the  
> city of Sidi Bouzid since mid-December, when a young unemployed men  
> selling goods in the streets immolate himself after the police  
> seized his goods. He recently died. These protests and of course  
> this desperate act, are a consequence of corruption and very high  
> level of unemployment, especially for young people including highly  
> educated people, in the country.
> The Tunisian authorities exercizes severe repression against  
> protesters, and has intensified the censorship of the press and any  
> independent reporting and the targetting of any dissenting voice.  
> In particular, Slim Amamou - who recently participated to our  
> discussions on the IRP list, that's why I'm especially mentioning  
> him  - and other bloggers have been arrested, and there are no news  
> about their situation, except that Slim was detained at the  
> ministry of Interior headquarters.
> Information in English may be found at: http:// 
> globalvoicesonline.org/-/world/middle-east-north-africa/tunisia/  
> and at: http://fr.readwriteweb.com/2011/01/07/divers/blogueur-slim- 
> amamou-auteur-sur-readwriteweb-arrt-en-tunisie-sidibouzid/? 
> utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A 
> +readwriteweb-france+%28ReadWriteWeb+France%29 (the latter article  
> is in French, but there are some comments in English at the bottom  
> of the page).
> There is also an audio interview in English, including an interview  
> of Slim - of course before his arrest - at: http:// 
> media.theworld.org/audio/010620118.mp3 (interview by Clark Boyd,BBC  
> correspondent in Brussels,published on 6 January).
> Wanted to let you know...
> Best,
> Meryem
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