Supporters of Tunisian democracy turn out in Downtown Vancouver
News / January 23, 2011
By Jeff Groat [lifestyle bureau chief]
About 60 protestors turned out in front of the Vancouver Public Library on Robson Street for Saturday’s demonstration in support of the toppling of Tunisia’s Ben Ali regime.
The protestors were waving Tunisian flags while one man chanted slogans and addressed the crowd over a megaphone. The protest was peaceful and consisted mostly of younger families.
The government of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fell last week amid accusations of corruption and political repression as an uprising demanded a moderate, democratic replacement. Relatives of the ousted President are widely believed to be staying at a hotel in Montreal, despite the Canadian government saying the family is not welcome here.
Press play to listen to some audio from the rally