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Canadian government complicity in Tunisia repression

Radio interview with Tunisian activist Sonia Djelidi in Montreal

by Stefan Christoff

Popular protest in Tunisia.
Popular protest in Tunisia.

Listen to an interview with Sonia Djelidi member of Collectif de solidarité au Canada avec les luttes sociales en Tunisie in Montreal, speaking on both the historical and contemporary complicity of successive Canadian governments with the Zine el Abidine Ben Ali dictatorship in Tunisia. Djelidi outlines the contrasting political messaging via Conservative government officials in their brazen response to the popular uprising in Libya and the stunning silence for the first weeks of the grassroots uprising in Tunisia that overthrew a dictator and sparked an uprising across the region.

Also this interview addresses the multiple family members of former dictator Ben Ali who remain in Canada including multimillionaire Belhassen Trabelsi, brother-in-law of Ben Ali, who flew into Montreal on a private jet during the popular uprising. Today the Canadian government still hasn't moved to freeze the assets of the extended Ben Ali family in Canada despite extensive evidence presented both in Tunisia and by the diaspora in Canada of mass financial corruption throughout the dictatorship.

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Stefan Christoff is a Montreal-based journalist, community organizer and musician.

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