Local political and non-governmental groups have condemned Powell’s visit to the region and their governments for letting him visit. ‘We do not welcome US Secretary of State Colin Powell here because the US is occupying Iraq and continuing its support for Israel to kill Palestinians,’ said chairman of the Tunisian Human Rights League Mukhtar Traifi. The US’ plans to spread democracy to the region have also been criticised. ‘As Arabs we need democracy, but we do not need the American version of democracy, which comes on top of army tanks as is happening in Iraq, where US occupying troops kill Iraqis without discrimination, even women and children,’ said Traifi.