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DO you ever fear this could happen here?

TUNIS, Tunisia– After 23 years of iron-fisted rule, the president of Tunisia was driven from power Friday by violent protests over soaring unemployment and corruption. The ouster, virtually unprecedented in modern Arab history, sent an ominous message to authoritarian governments that dominate the region: Even strongmen can be overthrown by the power of the street.

The upheaval followed the country's largest protests in generations and weeks of escalating unrest, sparked by one man's suicide and fueled by social media, cell phones and young people who have seen relatively little benefit from Tunisia's recent economic growth. Thousands of demonstrators from all walks of life rejected Ben Ali's promises of change and mobbed Tunis, the capital, to demand that he leave.

The government said at least 23 people have been killed in the riots, but opposition members put the death toll at more than three times that.

In a string of last-ditch efforts to tamp down the unrest, Ben Ali dissolved the government and promised legislative elections within six months — a pledge that appeared to open at least the possibility of a new government. Before his removal of power was announced, he declared a state of emergency, including a curfew that was in effect Friday night and was to be lifted at 7 a.m. Saturday.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:35 PM on Jan. 14, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:36 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Maybe if they stopped making Twilight movies - our Twitter/FB culture is populated by people who like to talk, but are "too cool" to actually take action.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:44 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Or too fat and lazy

    Which begs the question

    The NWO that runs the world, did they create McDonalds and the internet to make Americans too fat and lazy and anti-social to FIGHT THE POWER???

    Hmmmmm, maybe I'll call Jesse Ventura and have him investigate
    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:55 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • I don't "fear" it, because our military and our law enforcement infrastructure is such that the chaos would be quickly extinguished. COULD it happen?! Sure....if enough people hit their breaking point.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:35 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

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    I don't "fear" it, because our military and our law enforcement infrastructure is such that the chaos would be quickly extinguished. COULD it happen?! Sure....if enough people hit their breaking point.

    You mean martial law?

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:35 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • You mean martial law?

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    If need be. But I think it would be localized, as opposed to national.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:58 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • These days, nothing would surprise me...
    agentwanda

    Answer by agentwanda at 10:34 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Don't really fear it but I suppose it could.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:30 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • Don't fear it but certainly believe it may happen.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 11:59 AM on Jan. 15, 2011

  • Given many stated are underfunded by 10's of billions of dollars in their state (union) pensions~ I foresee protests coming from certain outspoken unions/groups. Will it get violent? What does history tell us?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:44 PM on Jan. 15, 2011

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