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ARAB SPRING: In Remembrance Of Mohamed Bouazizi (29 March 1984 – 4 January 2011)

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Today, Mohamed Bouazizi would have been turned 28.

He was the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire on 17th December 2010, sparking the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Springs.

Mohamed set himself on fire in protest of the confiscation of his wares and the harassment and humiliation that he reported was inflicted on him by a municipal official and her aides. Bouazizi’s act of self-immolation incited demonstrations and riots throughout Tunisia in protest of social and political issues in the country.

The public’s anger and violence intensified following Bouazizi’s death, leading then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down on 14 January 2011, after 23 years in power.

The success of the Tunisian protests inspired protests in several other Arab countries, plus several non-Arab countries. Those men and Bouazizi were hailed by some Arab commentators as “heroic martyrs of a new Middle Eastern revolution.”

In 2011, Bouazizi was posthumously awarded the Sakharov Prize jointly along with four others for his and their contributions to “historic changes in the Arab world“. The Tunisian government honored him with a postal stamp.

The Times of the United Kingdom named Bouazizi as person of the year 2011.

Aluta continua….


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