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Tunisian street vendor and protester

Tunisian street vendor and protester
Mohamed Bouazizi, Tunisian street vendor whose self-immolation after being harassed by municipal officials catalyzed the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and helped inspire a wider pro-democracy protest movement in the Middle East and North Africa. Bouazizi’s early life in Sidi Salah, a small village

Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, in power since 1987.On January 14 Ben Ali was forced to resign and leave Tunisia as demonstrators marched in Tunis, many of them carrying signs and banners with Bouazizi’s image.Following the resignation of Ben Ali, Bouazizi was celebrated as a hero of the Tunisian pro-democracy movement.Mohamed Bouazizi, in full Tarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi, (born March 29, 1984, Sidi Bouzid, Tun.

Enraged, Bouazizi went to the local governor’s office to complain but was denied a hearing with the governor.Later in the day he set fire to himself outside the governor’s office, sustaining severe injuries.

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