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Tunisians in Boston rally for a better nation Leader’s ouster stirs expatriates

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Published on January 18, 2011 in The Boston Globe, Page B3

Days after Tunisia’s president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, was ousted, about 20 Tunisians rallied in Copley Square yesterday in support of their country’s potential transformation.

“Even in Boston, we’re behind our country,” said Fares Horchani, a 19-year-old who is in Boston to attend college. The rest of Horchani’s family is in Tunisia.

The group of Tunisians held flags and homemade signs and sported T-shirts over their winter wear to support their country.

Sasha Louati, 27, organized the meeting on Facebook. She said that before yesterday, most of the demonstrators did not know each other.

In Tunisia, protests started about a month ago after an unemployed man set himself on fire. The protests, seeking an end to unemployment, corruption, and oppression, caused Ben Ali to flee to Saudi Arabia Friday.

“This is history in the making,” said Louati, who lived in Tunisia until she was 9. “This is the beginning of a monstrous end.”

Skander Chouka, 20, said that during the ongoing unrest in Tunisia, two of his father’s stores had been set on fire.

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January 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

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