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Mohamed Ali, nicknamed "Dali", is a freelance journalist/photographer and independent demonstrator. He has joined the Bardo sit-in on the first day of the demonstration against Ennahda government. "I'm here for my flag and for Tunisia," he says. "We want to be free. We made a revolution for freedom and dignity and now it is time to remind Tunisians that our freedom is not Ennahda and his Islamic project. This is the second part of the 2011 revolution. This is our political revolution". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Aziz, Kaiz and Kimo are independent demonstrators. "We are at the sit-in in Bardo against Ennahda's obscurantism. Tunisia is not only Islam. All of us are Muslims but we don't want to be like Qatar because Tunisa has always been a mix of cultures and religions. So we are here to ask for the resignation of Ennahda's government and for elections". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Amal is a Popular Front sympathizer. She joined thousands of Tunisians at Bardo for the commemoration of Chokri Belaid six months after his murder. "We are more than 150 thousand people consisting of democrats, laics, and liberals," she says. "We are all Muslims but we don't want the Islamization of our country. Tunisia is a mixture of cultures and religions. We don't want Ennahda". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Anarchists Bilel and Hosni joined the sit-in to demand the resignations of Ennahda. They are against the system because they claim nothing has changed after the revolution while poverty and unemployment have increased. Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Ameni Dhouib is a militant part of a new anarchist movement called "Kanaqtouna". This movement is against Ennahda's party and also against the Popular Front. Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Sonia came to the sit-in along with her children and her mother, Nidaa, from southern Sidi Mahbouba. "I'm a Tunisian militant," says Nidaa. "We are with Beji Caid Essebsi against Ennahda. We have been here for six days asking for the resignation of the government. We signed the Tammarod petition to ask for the fall of the National Constituent Assembly and for new elections. Tunisia is not only Islam and Ennhada. If we must have a dictatorship, well, let Ben Ali come back to Tunisia. He's better than Ennahda and their Islamization project". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Mongi, Ali and Eya are three generations of militants who have joined the Bardo sit-in. Ali is a revolutionary and Eya came with her father to defend women rights. "We are militants of democracy", says Mongi. "We decided to join the sit-in to defend the future of our country and the future of my daughter and my nephew. It is true that Ennhada won 40% of the sieges in the National Constituent assembly but we are scared about their political project. The citizens have been manipulated by Ennahda's speeches on the media. The Islamization of the system hasn't succeeded in Afghanistan either. We want someone at the head of the government who could lead the country until the next elections. Our country is divided and we hope that the next elections could solve this separation". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
LimSlim and Bignighost are rappers and anti-government militants. "We composed a song for the sit-in; a song which addresses dignity and political repression against poor people who carried out the revolution," they said. "After Ben Ali's regime, there was an absolute repugnance of politics and political parties because they promised a lot of things during the electoral campaigns but they did nothing after the elections. What we want is the resignation of Ennahda along with concrete programs to develop our country so we can fight and solve unemployment and poverty. We want freedom, democracy and dignity". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Fatma is an independent protester. "Of course I'm for the left but I've never joined any political party or movement even when they asked me to join them." She claims, " I want to be free and I'm at the sit-in to defend my country from the Ennahda's Islamization project. SInce they've been the head of the government, the problems in Tunisia have increased. Before, there was no terrorism here and there were no Salafists here; they are responsible for what happened at Chaambi mountain. They are responsible for the murder of Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi. We ask for their resignation and new elections". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Walid is an independent demonstrator. He says, "I'm at the sit-in in Bardo against Ennahda's obscurantism. Tunisia is not only Islam. I'm here to ask for the resignation of Ennahda's government and for new elections. I'm here for Chokri Belaid and the other martyrs. I'm here for my flag and for the freedom of my country". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Jaouida, Latifa and Aida are independent activists. Jaouida and Latifa are sisters. They joined the sit-in since the first day, July 27. They are against the Ennahda obscurantism and say that Tunisia is a mixture of cultures and not just black flags and Salafists. They chanted, "We are Tunisians we are plurality and we respect each other". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Bilel, also known as Marx, is an independent militant for democracy. "I'm here to defend the Tunisian flag and my beloved country from Islamisation". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Saif and Emna are militants and co-founders of the Tamarrod (Rebellion) movement. "The Tamarrod movement started two months ago after what happened in Egypt", says Saif. "We decided to do something to change the situation in Tunisia as independents.There are no political parties behind us and we don't receive any political funding. We began with a petition asking for the resignation of the Ennahda party and we collected 1 million and 6 hundreds signatures. The aim is to reach more than 2 million signatures, because that is how many votes Ennahda received when they were elected. We want to tell them that we are the majority and that they have to leave. We believe that we can reach the objective. People are tired of Ennahda and their Islamization project. The Tamarrod party in Egypt inspired us to do the same in Tunisia. We are in contact and coordination with the original Egyptian movement." Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Fatma, Habir and Boucemi are young independent militants. They claim, "We are here because we don't like Ennahda. Since they have taken over nothing has improved. Everything is more expensive then before, such as milk, bread, houses, and bills. We want a real change. We want a government who can take care of their citizens". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Following the political assassination of opposition leader Mohammad Brahimi, a continuing sit-in has been organized, "Occupy Bardo," in Bardo Square in capital Tunis. The first goal of the opposition was reached: the suspension of the National Constituent Assembly. They are still calling for the resignation of ruling party, Ennahda. These portraits of rebellion show the diversity of the people participating, and their uniting call: "We are Tunisians, We are plurality, and We respect each other."
Clashes occurred between riot police and protestors as a government crackdown on the anti-regime demonstrations was put into effect in several villages throughout the country, including Abu-Saibah. Riot police fired tear gas and according to a human rights group in Bahrain, more than 100 people have been injured so far. The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011. This comes in front of the planned countrywide anti-regime protest on August 14, organized by Bahrain's "Tamorrod" movement. Abu Saiba, Bahrain, July 21, 2013.