Sunrise on the road to Sidi Bouzid. Unlike the one pictured, most of the roads were actually unpaved – full of holes and rocks.
Harsh climate conditions given the region’s rather desert-like atmosphere. The days are very warm, while the nights are near unbearably cold.
On December 17th, 17 kilometers to Sidi Bouzid.
Note the “USA” scribbled onto the sign – although it is uncommon, some Tunisians like to attribute any and all world events to an American agenda.
Ennahda sure got its promotional strategy right.
The monument honoring Bouazizi was unveiled on the eve of the 17th. The monument depicts a fruit cart pushing off chairs – symbolizing Bouazizi’s act as ousting despots and systems of power all over the world.
Waiting for the festivities to begin. Crowds eventually started to become increasingly large…
To the point that many forsake the crowds “down there” and took to some neighborhood rooftops to watch the festivities in full view.
The marching band was the most organized aspect of the festival. With heart, soul, and good coordination, they attracted everyone’s attention.
The conductor wasn’t joking around.
This is another, older monument near the center of Sidi Bouzid. Plastered on it is a poster depicting Bouzizi’s act as one that sparked changes reaching all corners of the world.
Young and old participated in the festivities. Some members of the armed forces were also present to help ensure the day is smoothly and orderly run.
A local Sidi Bouzidi, “Take a photo of me! I’m happy this is happening too!”
People from all over the republic flocked to the city to celebrate December 17th. “The youth of el Kasbah [Tunis] commemorate the uprisings first anniversary.”
Including our Salafi friends [Hizb Ettahrir]. “Dear family, you have created your revolt – complete it with Islam.”
Recently appointed Prime Minster Hamadi Jebali walking in to a conference held that day to discuss the region’s development.
Head of the Constituent Assembly Ben Jaafar, President Marzouki, and PM Jebali.
And course, can’t forget Rached [leader of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party].