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CaptionTarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi 29 March 1984 4 January 2011; Arabic: محمد البوعزيزي‎ was a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire on 17 December 2010 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. His act became a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Spring inciting 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. The protests included several men who emulated Bouazizi's act of self-immolation in an attempt to bring an end to their own autocratic governments. Those men and Bouazizi were hailed by 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 postage stamp. The Times of the United Kingdom named Bouazizi as person of the year 2011 --- --- --- Bouazizi was visited in hospital by then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. According to Bouazizi's mother Ben Ali promised to send him to France for medical treatment but no such transfer was ever arranged. Bouazizi died at the Ben Arous Burn and Trauma Centre 18 days after the immolation on 4 January 2011 at 5:30 p.m. local time. More than 5 000 people participated in the funeral procession that began in Sidi Bouzid and continued through to Bouazizi's native village though police did not allow the procession to pass near the spot at which Bouazizi had burned himself.[33]
HeadlineMohamed Bouazizi who was known locally as "Basboosa" became a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution[2] and the wider Arab Spring inciting demonstrations and riots throughout Tunisia in protest of social and political issues in the country.
KeywordsArab-Spring
Copyright Noticeen.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Mohamed_Bouazizi
URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_Bouazizi

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