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Tunisians fete May Day and revel in new freedoms

Tunisians fete May Day and revel in new freedoms

Thousands of Tunisians, from union members to Islamists and simple families, have poured onto the main avenue of the nation's capital to celebrate May Day and to revel in the new freedoms of their Arab Spring revolution.
Tuesday's crowd, an estimated 25,000, appeared larger than the one that flooded Avenue Bourguiba on Jan. 14, 2011, the day Tunisia's autocratic president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, flew into exile in Saudi Arabia.
May Day fetes under Ben Ali's police state were tightly controlled. Islamists were jailed or in hiding, as were some human rights groups. Moderate Islamists now dominate government.
"Democracy Signifies Freedom and Responsibility," read one banner hoisted Tuesday by Republican Party militants.
Human rights militant Radhia Nasraoui marveled at the beauty of a Tunisia in which "we gather together ... despite our differences."


Updated : 2021-04-12 06:56 GMT+08:00