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A word from Ghazi El Beji: Tunisian Atheist who’s sentenced to 7 years and a half of imprisonment

Wednesday 30 October 2013, by siawi3

Source: http://atheistica.com/2012/04/05/tunisian-atheist-whos-sentenced-to-7-years-and-a-half-of-imprisonment/

Photo: Ghazi El Beji Tunisian Atheist who’s sentenced to 7 years and a half of imprisonment

A while ago I have spoken to Ghazi El Beji victim of Tunisian dark and theocratic government, I couldn’t hold back my tears when he was telling me his story. He told me how he swam across the Turkish boarder to get to Greece, and did not find anything to wear: he was naked like at his birth. He looked around him and found a corpse that the river threw on the shore. He had to take the dead man’s clothes †the image of death for life†. He was now wearing the death-cloth of injustice and terrorism that cought him in his counrty and still are after him like an evil curse.

El Beji got residence in Greece for a month, but he is living with two Algerian young men in one room that lacks hygenic conditions, and all of them sleep on the floor.
After the end of his residence period, the Greek immigration department will have to ask him to leave, or emprison him for 6 months because of illegal immigration.

His flat mate smoke narcotics, which caused him a vision problem especially that he is asthma. He was also blackmailed by his flatmates after they have listened to his phone conversations with journalists after they have discovered he is escaping from Tunisia because of religion insults charges. He is now subject to blackmail and ultimatums: sometimes they would tell him that there is a Sudani terrorist that would not think twice before killing him if they tell him his story, and this morning they have asked him for 20 euros for their silence.

Ghazi’s Tunisian friends started avoiding talking to him. Even his best friend that was the “closest person in his life†turned against him according to Ghazi, who feels that the entire world turned hostile.

We have learned from Ghazi’s address that he lives in a neighberhood predominantly Salafi and Jihadi, and he is asking for immediate intervention from international Human Rights organizations to help him get a political refugee status that insures him personal safety.

I asked Ghazi to tell me what he feels after all of this: “Before the revolution,the system used to opress the religious extremist, but now they started oppressing the secular population, the thinkers, and the social intellectual elite, we made a revolution to free ourselves from oppression but now it’s gotten worseâ€

The case and international Media:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/04/05/205716.html

http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE83501L20120406?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2012/04/05/97001-20120405FILWWW00860-tunisiecaricatures-7-ans-de-prison.php
http://www.jeuneafrique.com/actu/20120405T153117Z20120405T153115Z/tunisie-7-ans-de-prison-pour-avoir-publie-des-caricatures-du-prophete-sur-facebook.html
http://mediarabe.info/spip.php?breve4685
http://www.francetv.fr/info/tunisie-7-ans-de-prison-pour-avoir-publie-des-caricatures-de-mahomet-sur-facebook_80691.html
http://www.lepoint.fr/societe/tunisie-7-ans-de-prison-pour-avoir-publie-des-caricatures-du-prophete-sur-facebook-05-04-2012-1448797_23.php
http://www.ouest-france.fr/actu/actuLocale_-Tunisie.-7-ans-de-prison-pour-avoir-publie-des-caricatures-de-Mahomet-sur-Facebook_6346-2063348-fils-tous–50502-abd_filDMA.Htm