“She came before the upcoming elections to impose the US strategy on Tunisia. But dream on. We brought down a dictatorship and we also know how to protect our country,”
Múltiples manifestación contra la visita de Hillary Clinton. A pesar de su apoyo inquebrantable a los Gobiernos derrocados en el mundo árabe, Washington está tratando ahora de distanciarse, en un claro movimiento para un lavado de cara y mostrarse así como defensor de la democracia.
Washington tenía estrechos lazos con el Gobierno derrocado de Ben Alí. El ex Presidente tunecino huyó a Arabia Saudita en enero después de la revuelta popular… elpueblo no olvida el negro papel jugado por EEUU por décadas
Tunisians marched in Tunis to protest Clinton’s visit . “No to normalisation, Tunisia is free and not for sale” or “Tunisia is an Arab country, neither imperialist nor Zionist.”
The demonstrators gathered in Avenue Bourguiba, the tree-lined boulevard in Tunis which was a focal point of the mass protests that ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali on January 14.
Some of them chanted “No to U.S. meddling in Tunisia’s affairs” and “Tunisia free, U.S. out.”
.TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisians held a protest in the capital on Wednesday against an imminent visit to their country by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, witnesses said.
Cientos de tunecinos salieron este miércoles a las calles de la capital para protestar contra la visita al país de la Secretaria de Estado de Estados Unidos, Hillary Clinton.
Los manifestantes se reunieron en la avenida Bourguiba, el epicentro de la revuelta popular de Túnez, y cantaron consignas anti-estadounidenses en medio de una fuerte presencia policial.
“¡No a la injerencia de EEUU en asuntos de Túnez!”, gritaban los manifestantes. “¡Túnez libre, EEUU, fuera!.”
“Estamos en contra de la visita de Hillary Clinton o de cualquier representante de los EEUU. Nunca hemos olvidado los crímenes de EEUU en Irak”, dijo un manifestante.
La de este miércoles fue la segunda manifestación en dos días contra una inminente visita de Clinton.
Washington tenía estrechos lazos con el Gobierno derrocado de Ben Alí. El ex Presidente tunecino huyó a Arabia Saudita en enero después de la revuelta popular.
Clinton concluyó este miércoles su visita de dos días a Egipto.
A pesar de su apoyo inquebrantable a los Gobiernos derrocados en el mundo árabe, Washington está tratando ahora de distanciarse, en un claro movimiento para un lavado de cara y mostrarse así como defensor de la democracia.
Hillary Clinton arrives in Tunisia
The visit is the first by senior US official since mass protests led to the overthrow of president Ben Ali.
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2011 01:59
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Tunisia two months after mass protests led to the overthrow of its president.
Clinton, who arrived late on Wednesday, is set to meet with interim President Foued Mebazaa on Thursday.
The chief US diplomat, who made no statements to reporters on the flight from Cairo to Tunis, will also meet with Foreign Minister Mouldi Kefi and interim Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi.
And her visit will also take in meetings with young people who took part in the mass protests; and relief officials who have helped the more than 100,000 foreign workers and others who have fled fighting in neighboring Libya.
But dozens of Tunisians marched in Tunis under tight security on Wednesday to protest Clinton’s visit.
Demonstrators chanted: “No to normalisation, Tunisia is free and not for sale” or “Tunisia is an Arab country, neither imperialist nor Zionist.”
It was the second demonstration in two days in the capital against the visit of Clinton.
When Clinton announced her plans to visit Egypt and Tunisia last week, she said she would convey the US intention to be “a partner in the important work that lies ahead as they embark on a transition to a genuine democracy.”
Amid warnings about Iran’s bid for influence in the Middle East, she told US legislators at the time that “we have an enormous stake in ensuring that Egypt and Tunisia provide models for the kind of democracy that we want to see.”
Clinton said she would also push for 20 million dollars for Tunisia to “respond to some of their needs” after Tunisian officials clamored for US help, but hinted at more aid.
“We need to have a very big commitment to Tunisia, that we can be ready to help them economically as well as with their democratic transformation,” said the secretary.
Standard & Poor’s on Wednesday trimmed its long-term credit rating of Tunisia by one notch to BBB-, but said it viewed the political outlook as now stable following the overthrow of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
Just over a week after Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on January 14, Washington dispatched Jeffrey Feltman, the assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, to Tunis.
Then William Burns, the US under-secretary of state for political affairs, visited Tunis last month.
The popular uprising against Ben Ali, who ruled with an iron fist for 23 years, began after a 26-year-old fruit vendor, Mohammed Bouazizi, set fire to himself to protest police abuses.
It sparked similar protests in Egypt, where President Hosni Mubarak was toppled on February 11, as well as in many other countries, including in Bahrain, Oman, Yemen and Libya.
Hundreds protest Clinton visit in Tunis
TUNIS (AFP) – Hundreds of Tunisians, including Islamists, marched through central Tunis Thursday to protest the visit of US Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton but no incidents were reported.
It was the third such demonstration in three days against Clinton, who earlier Thursday opened talks here with interim President Foued Mebazaa, who replaced ousted Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
The demonstrators chanted “Hillary Clinton, you are not welcome, get out”, “No colonisation after the revolution,” or “No to US tutelage on Islamic soil”, as they warned against any US intervention in neighbouring revolt-wracked Libya.
“She came before the upcoming elections to impose the US strategy on Tunisia. But dream on. We brought down a dictatorship and we also know how to protect our country,” said 60-year-old Naziha Bahri.
The new caretaker government has scheduled elections for mid-July.
Meanwhile, another group of 30 to 50 demonstrators burned a picture of the chief US diplomat outside the foreign ministry and chanted anti-US slogans.
Police and army troops were deployed in the area.
Earlier, Clinton pledged to help Tunisia create jobs and undertake reforms to keep the momentum behind the uprising that overthrew Ben Ali two months ago.
She said an international donors conference would help to focus minds on Tunisia’s needs.
New government officials and other Tunisians understand “we need a plan for economic development, for jobs,” Clinton told reporters during a tour of Tunisian Red Crescent offices.
Apart from Mebazza, Clinton will also hold talks with Foreign Minister Mouldi Kefi and interim Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi. And her visit will take in meetings with young people who took part in the mass protests.