The Return of Ben Ali

On January 14th 2011 President (and dictator) Ben Ali was chased out of Tunisia in a popular, democratic uprising.

This event had a huge impact on life in Tunisia (and across the Arab world), however 10 months after the event many people – now free of their shackles – began to lose interest in politics and there was a genuine fear that the first free and fair elections would have a low turnout.

This was particularly worrying as there’s plenty of research to suggest that if you don’t vote the first time you are eligible to do so, you are less likely to turn out in future ballots.

The equivalent of the electoral commission decided to restore a giant poster of the former dictator that used to be a landmark of a suburban area of Tunis.  Passers-by are astounded and seemingly nervous when they see it in the morning, however, soon their stupefaction shifts to anger and the revolutionary tendency returns.

The whole episode was filmed by secret camera and subsequently turned into the best ‘get the vote out’ video I’ve seen.

(hat tip @TomBage)

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