Saturday, February 05, 2011

Tunisia: 14 January Front statement: The revolution must continue until it achieves is objectives

While the Tunisian masses continue their sit-in at the Governmental Square at Qasbah (in the capital city), and tens of thousands of Tunisians have marched in Sfax, Tunis, Sidi Bouzid, Jendouba, Nabeul and other parts of the country, to bring down the government of “National Unity", they imposed on us a modified government led by Mohamed Ghannouchi, with clear evidence of the interfering of USA Secretary of State Feltman.  

This government is the continuation of the dictatorship and tyranny and was dictated by imperialist forces of America and European countries that have brought our country into what we are enduring now of unemployment, impoverishment and marginalization . 

Therefore, the "14 January Front" declares the following: 

1 - Rejection of the amended government of “national unity," because it is against the people's revolution and demands and aspirations. 

2 – Rejection of all types of tutelage of U.S.A., European or others on the destinies of our people and our country.

3 – For the formation of a "provisional government" acceptable to the people, and that  would result from a national conference to protect the revolution, and consists of:

- All political parties, associations and trade union organizations, human rights and cultural organizations and independent personalities, which sponsor the demands of the people's revolution and struggle to achieve them.

- Representatives of the forces which were produced by the revolution in all areas of the country through the councils or committees or associations formed at the initiative of the masses.

- Representatives of Tunisian associations and organizations abroad, which has resisted the dictatorship and supported the revolution in Tunisia.

4. The mission of “The National Congress for the Protection of the Revolution” consists of drafting texts about the provision of complete freedom for the Tunisian people by repealing the laws that prohibit

freedom and ending the implementation of the constitutional articles which negate freedoms and people's sovereignty until the passing of a new constitution.

The tasks of the “provisional government” are the following:

   * The managing of daily affairs

   * The dissolution of the appointed representative bodies

   * The dismantling of the ruling party and its militia, the expropriation of its properties and calling to account the figures who were behind the economic and political crimes.

   * The dismantling of the political police apparatus.

   * Appointment of provisional officials in the diplomatic corps, the governorates, the delegations and the sectors to carry out the tasks of the transitional period.

   * Preparing the election of a constituent assembly in an atmosphere of freedom. This assembly should represent all the vital forces in the country after agreeing on the type of representation in it (the use of proportional representation) in order to avoid exclusion.

* The constituent assembly undertakes the drafting of a new constitution for the modern, democratic and civil Tunisian republic that fulfills the Tunisian people's ambitions of freedom, equality, social justice and dignity.

* In declaring these stances, the 14 January Front warns the

“national unity government” against pursuing any repressive measure towards the sit-in in Al-Qasbah and the protesters all over the country.

The Front calls for the continuation of the mobilisation, defending the masses and and all the democratic political forces as well as all the organisations, groups, associations and independent individuals to continue the struggle to achieve the objectives of the people's revolution, in devotion to their martyrs and will.

Tunisia 28 January 2011

[Translated by Raida Hatoum and Nadim Mahjoub]

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