As part of the "Revolutions, Reforms, and Democratic Transition in the Arab Homeland from the Perspective of the Tunisian Revolution" conference, organized by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha from April 19-21, 2011, a group of youth activists who participated in the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions offered personal accounts of their experiences in the revolutions, and discussed the means they used in the historic uprisings that led to the toppling of the regimes in both countries.
The speakers participating in the conference, which was devoted to the testimonies of activists from the Tunisian revolution, were: Ali Bouazizi, Wael Aifi, Rushdie Harshani, and Al Amin Bouazizi, each of whom briefly spoke about their participation in the revolution from December 17, 2010 until the overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, followed by his escape from the country, on January 14, 2011. The speakers also evaluated the course taken by the revolution and their role in protecting it until the achievement of the desired democratic transformation.
The Egyptian revolution participants speaking at the conference were: Nuwara Najem, Ali al-Rijal, and Mohammad Abulgheit, each of whom gave their perspective on the events and protests in Egypt that led to the launch of the youth revolution of January 25, 2011 and the ongoing protests at Tahrir Square; these did not cease until the announcement of Mubarak's resignation on February 11, 2011, and the subsequent movements to protect the revolution, which brought about a second wave of protests that led to the ousting of former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq's government and the dissolution of the state security apparatus, as well as holding the personnel of the Mubarak regime accountable.
Both sessions were held in al-Safir Hall at the Diplomatic Club on Thursday April 21, 2011 from 9am until 1:15pm, and were chaired by the General Director of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Dr. Azmi Bishara.
The testimonies highlighted the volume of communication between the youth of both revolutions, the means that were used in organizing the street protests in defiance of state security apparatus repression and means of persecution, and the ways they bypassed the regime's attempts at censorship and blocking of phone, broadcast, and internet communication. These testimonies brought out the daily-life experiences as a kind of diary of the revolutions in the two countries, looking at the course of these revolutions, their development, the similarities and differences in the behavior of the youth and the ruling regimes in the two countries, and identifying lessons that can be of use to other revolutionary movements, or, in other words, ascertaining the extent to which the models developed by these two revolutions can be applicable in other Arab countries experiencing a dynamic of direct confrontation between the people and the regime.