, a close ally of the u.s. tonight, after violent pro-tests that have lasted for weeks, the tunisian government has fallen. some are calling this the first
kaczynski is monitoring the developments for us from our
what we've witnessed tonight is a revolution in
. the scenes in the streets of the capital, tunis, have been extraordinarily, openly violent, relentless. police used live bullets on crowds of thousands. according to official reports, two dozen protestors have been killed since demonstrations began last month. but they've also been successful.
we don't want food. we don't want jobs. we want him out.
tonight, the prime minister announced that the president has relinquished power to him and fled the country. just yesterday,
tried to quell the fury caused by high food prices by offering sweeping reforms. but all too late. in this u.s. friendly
, with a long history of combatting terror, supporting education and women's rights, a stunning downfall.
extraordinary. absolutely extraordinary to watch. it was an extraordinary moment in
middle eastern history
around the same time this started,
released american diplomatic cables describe thing troubled state, highlights deep corruption. just as in iran, twitter and youtube opened the world's eyes to unrest. the
blog asks, is this the first
revolution? probably well overstating it, but here again,
freedom of expression
found those virtual rivers to flow through.
there was so much that was coming out of
via twitter. the revolution has been twitterized.
all watch now around the global and
's tense neighbors especially. tonight,
use of force
against the protestors and called on
to truly reform
and its political process.