By Roua Seghaier | Jan 14 2013Al Joumhouri , Al Massar , Ennahdha , Jasmine , main-featured ,
In preparation for today’s celebration of the second anniversary of the January 14 revolution, multiple parties have taken the initiative to hold their own events.
Three opposition parties – the Popular Front, Al Joumhouri Party, and the Democratic Path (Al Massar) – gathered yesterday, January 13, to celebrate under the slogan, â€œcivil and democratic forces resist all violence to complete the revolutionary path.â€
The celebration began at midday on Habib Bourguiba avenue, Tunis’ main thoroughfare that witnessed massive protests two years ago. It had a cultural twist with stage performances and graffiti art included in the program in addition to the presence of civil societies organizations setting up tents on the main avenue.
The three parties stressed that they were only celebrating the ouster of former Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. The revolution does not warrant celebration, according to them, since its most essential demands remain unanswered two years later.
Hamma Hammami, spokesperson of the Popular Front and leader of the Workersâ€™ Party, informed Tunisia Live of a march that will take place today on Habib Bourguiba avenue. Popular Front representatives as well as civil societiesâ€™ members aim to shed light on the revolution’s unfulfilled goals.
â€œIt is reasonable to celebrate the freedom people took back from Ben Ali, yet it is important to evoke the unanswered questions of unestablishedÂ accountabilityÂ and the exacerbation of [consumer] prices blocking our political path,â€ Hammami told Tunisia Live.
Najib Gharbi, a press attachÃ© of the ruling Ennahdha party, disagreed with their stance and asserted that the revolution has already borne its fruits.
“We have created a space for dialogue [the National Constituent Assembly] for the entire spectrum of society,” Gharbi said.
“For the first time since Ben Ali, Tunisia was finally able to guarantee stability using a social pact, not the police force,” he added.
Nidaa Tounes party, considered to be Ennahdha’s mostÂ prominent political opponent, in coalition with the Socialist Left and the National Labor parties is organizing a celebratory march today on the Habib Bourguiba avenue. The march aims to express the attendants’ commitment to a peaceful democratic transition.
The Ministry of the Interior answered favorably to requests made all over the country to hold festive events on the occasion of the revolution’s second anniversary on the condition that organizers comply with pre-established routes for their marches and schedules for the celebrations, TAP reported. The ministry urged all organizers to respect security measures and not disturb public safety for the events to be successful.