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Wassida is an independent picketer. She joined the Bardo sit-in on the first day. "I want to save my nation from Ennahda project," she says. "Tunisia is a mix of cultures - not only black flags and Salafists. That's why I took the Tunisian flag with me. We don't want the Islamization of our beautiful country. We are not Qatar or Saudi Arabia, neither USA or France. We are Tunisians, we are plurality and we respect each other". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
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.
Miriam came from SIdi Bouzid to Bardo square to ask for the resignation of the Ennahda government. "We started a revolution in Sidi Bouzid in 2011 for freedom, democracy and dignity - not to transform our beautiful and multicultural country into Qatar," says Miriam. "We ask for resignations and democracy. We want justice for Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi". 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.
Hadi and his daughter Hanan came to the Bardo sit-in on the day of Eid. "I'm Tunisian and so is my daughter. I'm here because I'm against the Islamization of the country", says Hadi. "I'm independent and against Ennahda. We ask for the resignation of Ennahda and the National Constituent Assembly. I'm 40 years old and I've never seen any political party do something for the citizens". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Salma, an independent militant from Sidi Bouzid, states, "I'm here as a citizen. I want to defend my country and my flag. We ask for freedom, for the resignation of Ennahda, and for new elections". 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.
Brahim Young, a young revolutionary militant, says, "Bardo is my neighborhood and I decided to join the sit-in in defense of poor people and the unemployed. After Ben Ali's regime, nothing has changed". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Tunis August 2013
Independent militants Walid, Emir and Mareme state, "We have been here for ten days and we will stay here until Ennahda leave. We're doing this for our country, our martyrs in Chaambi mountain, Chokri Belaid, Mohamed Brahmi, and for all Tunisians who deserve a better government, democracy and respectable life." Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Mohamed sells Tunisian flags on the streets. He says, "I'm poor. I'm here because I need to survive and because I support the sit in. Insh'allah the situation will change." Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Siham and Maha are independent demonstrators: "We went to Bardo to defend our freedom and to remind to the world that we haven't forgotten the homicide of Chokri Belaid. Bombs and Salafist terrorism will not prevent Tunisians from taking to the streets. We ask for the resignation of the Government and for elections." Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Youssef, an activist who took part in the sit-in, says, "I'm here to ask for the resignation of Ennahda and for new elections". Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Mohamed Chavez Ouni, a civilian who took part in the sit-in in Bardo, states, "The sit-in was organized by the people. When we heard about the murder of Mohamed Brahmi, people went to the streets. There were no political orders. We found everyone at Bourguiba avenue and there we decided to occupy Bardo square. No politician told us to do that. Our patriotism led us. After the homicide of Mohamed Brahmi, we decided to do something." 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."
Two women hold up a sign that reads "Degage" (resign) during the protest against the Ennahda Party and Troika's government. Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Protesters shout "resign" as 50 thousand people gather at the Bardo square every night after Iftar to join the protest against the Ennahda Party and Troika's government. Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Thousands of women participated in a women's march organized by the ATFD (Democratic Association of Tunisian women) in Bardo which took place to remind Ennahda that "Tunisia is a free woman." Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Tunis August 2
Ennahda supporters raise their hands during a rally at Kasbah Square in Tunis. Tens of thousands demonstrated in one of the largest protests since 2011.
Tunis August 2
Rached Ghannouchi, leader of Ennhahda Party during the demontration at Kasbah square to support the legitimacy of the NCA and the government.
Tunis August 2
Ennahda supporters at the largest demonstration since 2011 at Kasbah square.
Tunis August 2
Deputees of Ennahda party sing the national anthem on the stage built up in the middle of Kasbah square.
Tunis August 1
Every night in Bardo Square, there are tens of thousands of people.
There are around 50 thousand people gathering at the Bardo square every night after Iftar to join the protest against the Ennahda Party and Troika's government. Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Besma Belaid, widow of late Chokri Belaid, leader of the Popular Front, takes part in the commemoration in honor of the Tunisian martyrs at Bardo. Tunis, Tunisia, August, 2013.
Tunis August 1
A little boy on his little motor bike shows his Tunisian flag at the sit-in at Bardo Square.
Tunis July 31
A group of protesters pray for Mohamed Brahmi at the sit-in in Bardo after Iftar.
Tunis July 31st
Demonstrators in Bardo Square.
Tunis July 31st
Demontrators at the pro-government sit-in in Bardo Square call for Ennahda's party resistance.
Tunis July 31st
Ennahda's supporters at the sit in in Bardo.