Asaad Al-Saleh

in Voices of the Arab Spring

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print March 2015 | ISBN: 9780231163187
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231538589 | DOI:

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This chapter chronicles the incident that sparked massive protests in Tunisia, providing narratives of activism following the event. The story begins on December 17, 2010, when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of a municipal building in Sidi Bouzid, a rural town two hundred miles south of the capital, Tunis. His act was understood by many as a protest against the confiscation of his cart, which he used to sell fruits and vegetables, and the dismissal of his complaint. While the specific circumstances are unknown, many understood his plight and even identified with it. Bouazizi’s death ignited protests against the entire regime represented by President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. The chapter presents the testimonies of Abes Hamid, Ahlem Yazidi, and other activists detailing the insurrection.

Keywords: Mohamed Bouazizi; Sidi Bouzid; President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali; Tunisia; insurrection; protest

Chapter.  14672 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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