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The Trojan Horse

On January 14, 2011. Haikel Hazgui (or 'Nash' as his friends call him), defies the authority of his family to confront the authority of Ben Ali's regime. Between Jebeniana, his hometown, and Tunis, he closely follows the events of the revolution. In this episode, Nash recounts the lesser known "forgotten battles". like the one that took place on Jean Jaurès Avenue, only a few meters from Habib Bourguiba Avenue. 
14 August 2020
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Created by
Inkyfada Podcast
Directing
Bochra Triki, Oussema Gaidi
Editorial Board
Monia Ben Hamadi
Recording
Hazar Abidi
Editing, Sound Design & Mixing
Oussema Gaidi
Voice over
Bochra Triki
Subtitles
Yasmin Houamed, Brahim Mzoughi
Illustration
Marwen Ben Mustapha

On January 14, 2011, Haikel Hazgui (or 'Nash' as his friends call him) is forbidden by his uncle to leave the house, as he is worried that his nephew will demonstrate in the city centre.

Nash, pretending to go along with this, escapes through the window to join his girlfriend and the thousands of other demonstrators who came to protest against the ruling government.

There, near the Ministry of the Interior, he is met by familiar faces such as Lina Ben Mhenni. The first part of the demonstration proceeds calmly, as the young student discusses and chants with his fellow demonstrators: "Go away!", "Down with the RCD (Ben Ali's former political party), the tormenter of the nation". Nash is then suddenly struck by the image of a man releasing a bird from its cage. 

As tear gas is launched and the crowd disperses, Nash finds himself fleeing the police violence all alone.

He recounts the smaller, and largely "forgotten battles", like the one that took place on Jean Jaurès Avenue, a few dozen metres from Habib Bourguiba Avenue. There, he witnesses unimaginable events: a demonstrator repurposing an empty police van as a roadblock to protect the demonstrators from the police. J

ean Jaurès Avenue turned into a "free zone". On the way back to Mégrine, Nash hears Al-Jazeera reporting about the president's escape. It is complete euphoria. 

He also recounts the following days spent in his home town of Jebeniana, where he experienced participatory democracy and self-governance for the first time, and which came to fill the political void after the fall of the ruling power.

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Throughout the year leading up to the tenth anniversary of the revolution, Inkyfada looks back on the events of January 14, 2011 in Tunis. Through the personal accounts of individuals on the ground, an alternative documentation of contemporary history is formed: one that is based on several different perspectives.

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