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A Bouazizi square shortly in tribute to Tunisian Revolution

Published the:  09/02/2011

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February 9, 2011 - TAP - Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë said, on Wednesday February 9, 2011, that "there will be shortly a Mohamed Bouazizi square or street in Paris, in tribute to the Tunisian Revolution".
The decision was taken, on Tuesday February 8, 2011, after the unanimous vote of the Paris Municipal Council, to name a Parisian plaza after Mohamed Bouazizi, symbol of the Revolution which led to the Ben Ali regime's downfall.
Joined by telephone by Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency, Mr. Delanoë underlined that the Council's "vote was the expression of admiration, affection and support to the Tunisian people whose accomplishment was something extraordinary, not only for Tunisia itself and the Arab world, but also for the entire world."
Mr. Delanoë said that Paris wished to give the name of Bouazizi to a place as the symbol of the Tunisian Revolution "which we support and admire".
The gesture, the Mayor of Paris also said, is a "fraternity and solidarity message" from Parisians to the Tunisians.
"I know very well the Tunisian people and their youths who, with pride, maturity and no violence, wanted to change their country's future," he added.
Mr. Delanoë specified that he will consult the family of Mohamed Bouazizi before the final decision and invite them to the inauguration, with attendance of Tunisian Human Rights activists.
Mohamed Bouazizi, it is worth reminding, was the young street fruit and vegetable vendor who set fire to himself last December 17 in Sidi Bouzid in protest against poverty and oppression. He died on January 4, 2011.