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Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution

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On this day seven years ago, Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali stepped down after the Jasmine Revolution broke out in the country, giving birth to what became known as the Arab Spring.

What: The Jasmine Revolution

Where: Tunisia

When: 17 December 2010 – 14 January 2011

What happened?

On 17 December 2010, Mohammed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old street vendor, had his fresh produce cart confiscated by a policewoman who insulted and slapped him when he protested. Local officials later refused to hear his complaint. Frustrated and ashamed at the public humiliation that he had endured, Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of the local municipality building in his town of Sidi Bouzid.

Bouazizi’s fatal self-immolation took the lid off simmering anger about government corruption, social equalities, unemployment and political repression. Protests began in Sidi Bouzid that same day before spreading across........

© Middle East Monitor