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Tunisia: A Rendezvous With History

This post is part of our special coverage Tunisian Revolution 2011.

Today Tunisians have been voting for a Constituent Assembly, the body charged with writing a new constitution and appointing a new transitional government. Tunisians everywhere proudly cast their ballots in a democratic test for the country, watched closely by Arabs elsewhere. In the run-up to the elections, bloggers voiced their feelings about the historic moment.

Tunisian vote (Image by European Parliament, reproduced under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Kiffe Grave declared:

 

Demain 23 Octobre 2011, je vais posé la dernière pierre sur ta tombe!
Demain tu n’aurais droit ni au fleurs, ni au pleure!
Demain, mort et enterré tu seras!
Demain, la dictature on décapitera!
Demain avec des millions de tunisiens nous allons donner de la voix,
Demain avec des millions de tunisiens nous allons donner naissance à la Tunisie Libre.
Demain avec des millions de tunisiens nous allons vivre en citoyens libres.
Demain est un rendez-vous avec l’Histoire,
Demain nous allons écrire l’Histoire,
Demain nous allons faire l’Histoire.
Demain rien ne sera plus jamais pareil,
Demain rien ne devra jamais plus être pareil,
Demain rien ne saura être pareil.
Demain, hommes et femmes seront égaux,
Demain, tous les tunisiens seront égaux,
Demain, nous seront tous égaux.

Tomorrow October 23, 2011, I will place the last stone on your grave!
Tomorrow you won’t have the right to flowers, nor to weeping!
Tomorrow you'll be dead and buried!
Tomorrow, the dictatorship will be decapitated!
Tomorrow with millions of Tunisians we will give voice,
Tomorrow with millions of Tunisians we will give birth to Free Tunisia.
Tomorrow with millions of Tunisians we will live as free citizens.
Tomorrow is a rendezvous with history,
Tomorrow we will write history,
Tomorrow we will make history.
Tomorrow things will never be the same,
Tomorrow nothing must ever be the same,
Tomorrow nothing will be able to be the same.
Tomorrow, men and women will be equal,
Tomorrow, all Tunisians will be equal,
Tomorrow we will all be equal.

Man Gusta wrote:

Je ne voterai pas pour un parti libéral.
Je ne voterai pas pour un parti communiste.
Je ne voterai pas pour un parti islamiste.
Je ne voterai pas pour un parti héritier du RCD.
Je voterai pour une Tunisie libre, arabe et musulmane, juste, égalitaire, progressiste et humaniste.

I will not vote for a liberal party.
I will not vote for a communist party.
I will not vote for an Islamist party.
I will not vote for a party that is successor to the RCD.
I will vote for a Tunisia that is free, Arab, Muslim, just, egalitarian, progressive and humanist.

In a post called “My Declaration”, Zyed said:

Le sommeil boude mes paupieres
Je leve les yeux et j espere
Non.. Je crois, en un avenir meilleur

Mes larmes coulent de joie
Et je ne les retiens pas
pour la premiere fois

J'y trompe ma plume et j ecris
Le reve de toute une vie
Le reve de tout un pays

Sleep evades my eyelids
I raise my eyes and I hope
No… I believe in a better future 

My tears flow from joy
And I don’t hold them back
for the first time

I dip my pen in them and I write
The dream of an entire lifetime
The dream of an entire country

He went on:

Demain je vais voter
Demain je vais exister
Citoyen je serai

Je choisirai en mon ame est conscience
Le chemin vers la delivrance
Loin des sales maniguances

Mon pays sera libre et fier
Son peuple unis et solidaire
Cherissant cette dignité qui nous est chere

Une nation s'erigera
Des tenebres elle emergera
Son destin elle accomplira

Mon pays, mes frere et amis, a defaut de vous donner mon sang.. Je vous offre ma voix

Tomorrow I will vote
Tomorrow I will exist
I will be a citizen 

I will choose in my soul and consciousness
The path to deliverance
Far from dirty scheming

My country will be free and proud
Its people united and working together
Cherishing the dignity we hold so dear

A nation will establish itself
It will emerge from the shadows
Achieve its destiny

My country, my brother and friends, as I failed to give you my blood… I offer you my voice

This post is part of our special coverage Tunisian Revolution 2011.

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