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I met today, 4th of March 2014, the Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, during his visit in Tunisia (which was his fist visit in a foreign country after his nomination).
He invited me and four other representatives of the civil society – Wafa Ben Haj Omar, Lina Ben Mhenni, Emna Mnif and Amira Yahyaoui – to discuss over a cup of tea at Café des Nattes, in Sidi Bousaïd.
During this meeting, each of us had the opportunity, in a short time, to express her main concerns as a Tunisian, especially as regards the relationships between the North and the South of the Mediterranean sea.
I personally insisted on one idea: the European security concerns should not sacrifice the democratic surge in Tunisia.
In the past and during a long time, many European countries accepted a certain deal: we tolerate – even we encourage – dictatorships in North Africa so long as they solve security issues, and this at any price.
Several innocent people were tortured on the pretext of terrorism, and they suffered very serious abuses.
The terrorist threat exists. However, the response to this threat shall comply with a democratic framework, respecting freedom and justice. Italy and Europe shall support Tunisia and encourage the implementation of the democratic framework, which is the real defence against terrorism.