Tunisia’s Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi on Friday warned from turning the Tunisian revolution into “chaos” at a time where recent events in the country had been associated with violence.
Speaking three days before Tunisia marks its uprising’s second anniversary since the overthrow of ex-president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Ghannouchi told hundreds of the party’s supports that many countries have been able to topple its regimes and tyrants, but not build a democratic state when freedom is misused.
“We do not want Tunisia to become like Somalia, where revolution turned into chaos,” he told supporters gathering in the Rowad neighborhood northern the Tunisian capital.
His announcement comes as Tunisians prepare to inaugurate the Tunisian uprising, amid a highly uncertain future beset by social and security tensions, a sluggish economy, and deadlock over a new constitution.
Strikes and protests have multiplied in the past year, often degenerating into violence, as in late November when around 300 people were hurt in running clashes between police and protesters in Siliana, a town southwest of Tunis.
The government remains determined to forge ahead with the anniversary festivities, however, hoisting flags along the capital’s streets and erecting tents to host cultural activities.
Representatives of both Libya and Egypt, two other Arab Spring states, will also attend Monday’s ceremony.