Tunisia now lives in fear: Gaddafi

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Muammar Gaddafi
Rabat, Jan 16: Following the resignation of Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the things have gone out of control. Tunisian is suffering bloodshed and lawlessness because its people were in too much of a rush to get rid of their President, said Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Ben Ali was the Tunisian leader for 23 years, was forced to quit after the weeks of agitation. His resignation has reflected around other countries in Arab, with long serving leaders.

Before Ben Ali resignation, dozens of people were killed in clashes with police. Since then the new leaders are trying to control the looting, turmoil and lawlessness in Tunisian. The recent turmoil on Saturday, killed dozens more.

"I am very pained by what is happening in Tunisia," Gaddafi said in a speech reported by Libya's official Jana news agency.

"Tunisia now lives in fear ... Families could be raided and slaughtered in their bedrooms and the citizens in the street killed as if it was the Bolshevik or the American revolution," said Gaddafi, Libya's leader since 1969.

"What is this for? To change Zine al-Abidine? Hasn't he told you he would step down after three years? Be patient for three years and your son stays alive," Gaddafi said.

Gaddafi said the people of Tunisia should adopt the democratic rule, known as the third universal theory, which replaces representative democracy with direct rule by the people through institutions called popular committees.

Gaddafi said this model "marks the final destination for the people's quest for democracy. If this is what the events in Tunisia are for, then it has to be made clear."

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