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Situation

in Tunisia, right before the uprising ("the Arab spring", 2010-11), is best described by the video and rap of a Tunisia rap singer , El General, (real name: Hamada Ben Amor , born 1988, arrested 2010)

Lyrics:

President of the country

Today I`m speaking to you

In my name and on behalf of all

The people who live in suffering

In 2011 he dies of hunger

He wants to work for a living

But his voice is not heard

Go to the streets and look around you

People are treated like animals

Watch the cops with their batons,

“tap tap tap” with impunity

Since there is nobody to say “NO!”

Just like the law and constitution

It doesn`t care!

Every day I hear of a case,

Fabricated.

Even if the powers know

That he is an honest citizen.

I see the cops

Hit veiled women

Would you accept that if they did

The same to your daughter?

What I say is unfortunate,

Since you`re a father,

And you would not want

Any harm to come to your children

Then tell yourself that this message

IS sent by one of your children.

We live in suffering, like dogs,

Half of the people live in humiliation

And have tasted misery.

President of the country

Your people are dead

People eat in the garbage

Look what`s happening in your country

Marigolds are everywhere

People have nowhere to sleep

Today I speak fearlessly on behalf of the people

Crushed by the weight of injustice

President of the country

Your people are dead

People eat from the garbage

Look whats happening in your country

Marigolds are everywhere

People have nowhere to sleep

Today I speak fearlessly

On behalf of the people

Crushed by the weight of injustice

President of the country

You tell us: “Speak without fear”

I spoke.

But know what to expect.

Slaps!

I see a lot of injustice

That’s why I chose to speak.

Yet many warned me

How long must the Tunisian

Live in dreams?

Where’s freedom of speech?

I`ve only seen the name!

You calling “Tunisia the green”!

But president look

Tunisia became a desert

Cut into two blocks

They steal in front of everyone

No need to name them

You know who these people are!

Much money should go

To projects, achievements,

Schools, hospitals, housing…

But the sons of bitches

With the people`s money

They fill their bellies

They steal, they plunder, they use…

Even a chair doesn`t escape them

The people had much to say

But their voice is not heard

If there was not this injustice

I wouldn`t need to talk

 

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