[WSF-Discuss] [social-movements] Fwd: Attack in Tunis - WSF news ? / Attaque à Tunis - nouvelles FSM ?

Boaventura de Sousa Santos bsantos at ces.uc.pt
Thu Mar 19 05:35:51 CDT 2015


Dear All
I will participate in the WSF in full solidarity with our Tunisian friends.
all my best
Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Coimbra, Portugal

On 18/03/2015 18:51, Salete Valesan wrote:
> Toda solidariedade da FLACSO e do CLACSO aos amigos da Tunisia e da
> Organização do FSM 2015. E todo nosso apoio para que o FSM seja muito
> bom.
> Salete
>
> 2015-03-18 14:51 GMT-03:00 Genevieve Azam <genevieve.azam at wanadoo.fr>:
>> Suite à la lâche attaque terroriste survenue aujourd’hui à midi (mercredi
>> 18/03/2015) au musée du Bardo jouxtant le siège de l’assemblée des
>> représentants du peuple, le comité d’organisation du FSM Tunis 2015 déclare
>> que le Forum et l’ensemble de ses activités sont maintenus.
>>
>> Par cette attaque, les groupes terroristes extrémistes visent à mettre à mal
>> l’expérience de la transition démocratique en Tunisie et dans la région
>> ainsi qu’à créer un climat de peur au sein des citoyens qui aspirent à la
>> liberté, la démocratie et à la participation pacifique à la construction
>> démocratique.
>>
>> La rapide riposte du mouvement social, civil et des acteurs politiques en
>> Tunisie opposés au terrorisme et appelant à l’unité pour le combattre prouve
>> s’il en était besoin, l’attachement des tunisiens à leur nouvelle expérience
>> démocratique. Le mouvement social et civil en Tunisie et dans la région
>> compte plus que jamais sur le soutien des forces démocratiques dans le monde
>> entier pour s’opposer à la violence et au terrorisme.
>>
>> Plus que jamais, la large participation au FSM 2015 (Tunis 24-28 mars 2015)
>> sera la réponse appropriée de toutes les forces de paix et de démocratie qui
>> militent au sein du mouvement altermondialiste pour un monde meilleur, de
>> justice, de liberté et de coexistence pacifique.
>>
>> Le comité d’organisation du FSM appelle toutes les composantes du forum
>> social mondial à intensifier leurs efforts en vue de la mobilisation pour le
>> succès de la prochaine session du FSM afin d’assurer la victoire de la lutte
>> civile et pacifique contre le terrorisme et le fanatisme religieux qui
>> menacent la démocratie, la liberté, la tolérance et le vivre ensemble.
>>
>> Pour le comité d’organisation du FSM Tunis 2015
>>
>> Le coordinateur
>>
>> Abderrahmane Hedhili
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Le 18 mars 2015 à 18:45, Jai Sen a écrit :
>>
>> Mercredi, le 18 Mars 2015
>>
>> Merci pour ce poste important et une question, Patrick. Même si je sais
>> qu'il ya des gens sur cette liste - Gustave Massiah, entre autres - qui peut
>> répondre sur le fond à votre question, je prends aussi la liberté d'envoyer
>> votre message à tous ceux que je connais qui sont impliqués dans
>> l'organisation de la Tunis Forum : Romdhane Ben Amor, Abderrahman Hedhili
>> (qui est le coordonnateur général du Forum), ainsi que M Alaa Talbi et
>> Mouhieddine Cherbib.
>>
>> Amis, camarades, en Tunisie : Nous venons de recevoir ce post sur le
>> WSFDiscuss de liste de diffusion, de Patrick Bond.  Pouvez-vous se il vous
>> plaît répondre à cela, avec une réponse à ce courrier (et où je liste
>> administration veillera à ce que votre réponse se affiché) ?
>>
>> Avec grâce, et en solidarité avec vous tous dans la lutte intense pour la
>> paix et la justice dans laquelle vous êtes tous impliqués,
>>
>> Jai Sen
>>
>>
>>
>> Wednesday, March 18 2015
>>
>>
>>
>> Thanks for this important post and question, Patrick.  While I know that
>> there are people on this list - Gustave Massiah, among others – who can
>> respond substantively to your question, I’m also taking the liberty of
>> forwarding your post to all those I know who are involved in the
>> organisation of the Tunis Forum : Romdhane Ben Amor, Abderrahman Hedhili
>> (who is Coordinator General of the Forum), and also M Alaa Talbi and
>> Mouhieddine Cherbib.
>>
>>              Friends, comrades, in Tunisia : We have just received this post
>> on the listserve WSFDiscuss, from Patrick Bond.  Can you please respond to
>> this, with a reply to this mail (and where I as list admin will ensure that
>> your response gets posted) ?
>>
>>              With thanks, and in solidarity with all of you in the intense
>> struggle for peace and justice in which you are all involved,
>>
>>              Jai Sen
>>
>> fwd
>>
>> Begin forwarded message:
>>
>> From: Patrick Bond <pbond at mail.ngo.za>
>> Subject: [WSF-Discuss] Attack in Tunis - WSF news?
>> Date: March 18, 2015 at 9:18:29 PM GMT+5:30
>> To: 2011movements-fsm-wsf-discussion at lists.openfsm.net, Post WSFDiscuss
>> <worldsocialforum-discuss at openspaceforum.net>
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>> <worldsocialforum-discuss at openspaceforum.net>
>>
>> Do comrades have any information on this sickening incident - especially in
>> terms of potential impact on the WSF?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Patrick
>>
>> ***
>>
>> Tunis museum attack: 19 people killed after hostage drama at tourist site
>>
>> Tunisian PM says 17 of those killed in ‘cowardly attack’ were foreigners
>> after two gunmen reportedly stormed Bardo museum and kept hostages for three
>> hours
>>
>> <1ae75386-0761-49c7-a7e5-b04247121014-620x372.jpeg>
>> Members of the Tunisian armed forces take up a position near the Bardo
>> museum. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA
>>
>> Chris Stephen in Tunis, Kareem Shaheen in Beirut and Mark Tran
>>
>> Wednesday 18 March 2015 14.56
>>
>> At least 19 people have been killed in Tunisia after two gunmen stormed the
>> Bardo national museum – one of the country’s leading tourist attractions in
>> the capital, Tunis – sparking a three-hour hostage drama.
>>
>> Tunisia’s prime minister, Habib Essid, said on Wednesday afternoon that 17
>> of the dead were foreigners – from Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland –
>> calling the attack a cowardly assault on the country’s tourist economy.
>>
>> Three hours after the attack started at about midday local time (11am GMT),
>> an interior ministry spokesman said two gunmen had been killed, as well as
>> one security officer, and that all hostages had been freed.
>>
>> Poland’s foreign ministry said that three Poles were among the six wounded.
>>
>> The Bardo, which chronicles Tunisia’s history and includes one of the
>> world’s largest collections of Roman mosaics, is one of the country’s
>> biggest tourist attractions.
>>
>> Live Tunisia terror attack: at least 11 dead after gunmen storm museum -
>> live
>>
>> Tunisian foreign ministry confirms seven foreigners and one Tunisian have
>> been killed in an attack at the Bardo museum, adjacent to the parliament
>> building in Tunis
>> Read more
>>
>> A single muffled detonation signaled the end of the siege, with reports
>> filtering through to crowds gathered outside the gates in the bright
>> sunshine that the attackers were dead.
>>
>> White ambulances with lights flashing drove in a slow convoy inside the
>> gardens of the palace grounds. Minutes later police pushed open the big iron
>> entrance gates and black armored vehicles of the special forces, their task
>> seemingly complete, came out, inching through the crowds pressing in
>> outside.
>>
>> The spectators burst into cheering and applause and a black-clad helmeted
>> soldier peering from the turret of one vehicle punched the air with both
>> fists in response.
>>
>> Relief that the siege was over was mixed with dismay among those watching.
>> “This is a black day for Tunisia,” said Karim Ben Sa’a, a manager in the
>> tourism industry. “We are very sad for these tourists. They visit our
>> country and it is so, so, sad to see them die. Our hearts are black.”
>>
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>>
>> Elsewhere in Tunis there was shock and dismay that terrorists had managed to
>> launch an attack at the very heart of the capital, at a museum that shares
>> the Bardot palace complex with the national parliament. Police set up
>> checkpoints and a policeman with a machine gun was posted outside the office
>> of the UK’s British Council .
>>
>>
>>
>> During the hostage crisis, black-clad police snipers were on the rooftops
>> and bastions of the ancient Bardot castle which forms part of the complex
>> housing the museum.
>>
>> A helicopter thundered low overhead making circles over the museum. Several
>> hundred people gathered outside the wrought iron gates of the complex, as
>> the air echoed to the sirens of police cars and ambulances.
>>
>> The attack came a day after Tunisia announced a major seizure of weapons
>> from jihadi groups, triggering speculation that the museum attack may have
>> been launched by jihadist groups in revenge.
>>
>> In a defiant tweet one MP, Sayida Ounissi, said: “We are not afraid”, adding
>> that Tunisia’s parliament had been evacuated.
>>
>> The Bardo, which chronicles Tunisia’s history and includes one of the
>> world’s largest collections of Roman mosaics, is one of the country’s
>> biggest tourist attractions.
>>
>> The Italian foreign ministry confirmed two Italians may have been wounded in
>> the and was awaiting confirmation of the wounded. It said 100 Italians were
>> safe and under police protection after being rescued from the museum. The
>> rescued victims were on a tour but the ministry could not confirm the name
>> of the tour.
>>
>> The attack came days after the death of Ahmed Al-Rouissi, a Tunisian also
>> known as Abu Zakariya Al-Tunisi, who led a contingent of Islamic State
>> (Isis) troops in Libya. He was killed in clashes with Libyan troops near the
>> town of Sirte, a stronghold of followers of Muammar Gaddafi, the late Libyan
>> strongman.
>>
>> Tunisian commentators speculated there may be a connection between his death
>> and Wednesday’s deadly attack, which could badly damage tourism, on which
>> the country relies heavily.
>>
>> Pro-Isis twitter accounts hailed the attack as “ghazwat Tunis” or the “raid
>> of Tunis” (ghazwa is the description given to the early Islamic battles) and
>> have cheered on the attackers. A purported IS video from last December
>> threatened attacks on Tunisia.
>>
>> Last month, Tunisia arrested more than 30 suspected militants – some of whom
>> returning from fighting in Syria – who were planning “spectacular” attacks,
>> officials said at the time. Interior ministry officials said
>> counter-terrorism forces had prevented attacks against “vital
>> installations”, including the interior ministry and civilian buildings in
>> Tunis.
>>
>> The assault on the museum poses an early and severe challenge for the new
>> secular-Islamist coalition cabinet led by the prime minister, Habib Essid,
>> which took office last month. It already faces the problem of a
>> proliferation of armed groups that emerged after the 2011 uprising that
>> overthrew Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
>>
>> Tunisia is a major source of fighters travelling to Syria, with the number
>> of Tunisians fighting there estimated at about 3,000. A few hundred have
>> returned to Tunisia and many have been tracked down and arrested.
>>
>>
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