The Secretary General Democratic Patriots party, Chokri Belaid, was a vocal critic of the Tunesian government. He denounced the political violence of the ruling party Ennahda .
On the 6th of February he was killed in front of his house by unknown gun man. Prime Minister Jebali condemned it as act of terrorism . It was the first time such a killing acured in post-revolutionary Tunisia. Months before Islamist thugs taking law in their own hands, broke up a trade union rally and political meetings of the opposition were Chokri Belaid attended. Before his death he received death threads. A General strike coincided with his funeral. The shocking killing must serve as a wake-up call to the authorities. It is their duty to protect all individuals, including those who criticize the government or Tunisia’s leading Ennahda party, from violence. No group, regardless of its affiliation, can be above the law. (Source Amnesty International)
What are the objectives of Democratic Patriots Party?
First of all they want to realize the objectives of the Revolution. They want to create a progressive front based on social justice, popular participative democracy, a progressive and democratic constitution that guaranties social and economical rights, equal rights for man and women and a good economic balance between the different regions of the country.
Chokri Belaid took a central place at the forum
In the lower part of the forum before the entrance of the faculty of Law were everybody had to pass to go to the upper international level and to the middle eastern area below. There was the stand remembering Chokri, there were loud recorded messages played about the new martyr of the Tunisian democratic revolution. At the stand they were selling T-shirts books and when I said I was a blogger they were more then interested to give me an interview. I interviewed Fawzi responsible for the magazine of Democratic Patriotic Party. Fawzy told me that they were able to exchange a lot of idea about the participative democracy. It really feld like a global village to defend the poor and the oppressed.
They gave away mask with the head of Chokri on, to remember that everybody could be Chokri and also to show that he still lives on in the harts and minds of the people he represented. On the 30th of March was a manifestation to close the WSF for the day of land. I looked at the first moment that the political rivalries would take over because there were so many people supporting Chokri and Ennahda represented. The murder is a very sensitive issue in Tunisia and Chokri is becoming the symbol of the opposition. Will the spirit of Chokri seduce the harts and minds of the Tunisian people. One thing for sure is the investigation is a sham and they let the gunmen run around freely. Justice needs to be done according to Fawzi.