Mehdi Barhoumi - Tunisia
I think to have the chance to be part of this revolution, this great and amazing revolution, as an activist – it is one of my life dreams, to see this authoritarian regime, this Ben-Ali regime collapse in front of your eyes. I was in the 14th of January, the day when Ben-Ali escaped the country. I was in front of the Internal Ministry with 200,000 people saying that Ben-Ali – it’s over, and we’ll not return to our homes with Ben-Ali staying in power. And I thought when I came back home this day, and when I see in the media that Ben-Ali escaped the country, I thought that was very amazing and very – I can’t find the word that explain really what I feeling at this moment. It was one of my life's dreams because, you know, you see lots of people suffer from an authoritarian regime. You are seeking your freedom, and you are threatened and you are tortured as a people, and you succeed – to win, and to make what you dream a reality. It’s a very important thing and very – it’s a huge feeling that I think of to this day.