Verklaring van MECA, een netwerk van intellectuelen en activisten in het Midden-Oosten en Noord Afrika gesteund door IKV Pax. Bescheidenheid past natuurlijk, deze revolutie is niet gemaakt in de conferentiezalen. Maar we zien gebeuren waar zo lang op hoopten en een kelin beetje aan bijdroegen: mensen die geen onderdanen meer willen zijn, maar burgers.
The people in Tunisia and Egypt have chosen to be citizens, in stead of subjects of their rulers. People in other Arab countries are ready to do that as well.
These are the starting events for the second Arab Awakening, and the end of what was called the Arab exception when it comes to the waves of democratic transformation
It is high time for the rulers in the Middle East and North Africa to respect the wishes of their people to live with hope, in dignity and free from fear
It is time for the rulers of the Arab countries, and for the Western Countries, to understand that the wave of democratization which started in 1989 in Eastern Europe and South Africa , now has reached the Arab World.
It is time to realize that the time of autocratic rule is over
It is time for Europe and the US to understand that the people in the Arab World, like all others, want to live in dignity and to stop the cynical support to the autocratic rules in the name of stability.
Democracy is not a system for scared people. There will be disappointments. There will be problems. Everyone realize that Egypt and Tunisia will not turn paradise overnight. But hope, the call for freedom and dignity is back.