December 17th, 2010 was a regular day for me. I was done with my finals and was heading to Tozeur, a town in the south west of Tunisia, with a couple of friends to spend a couple of days to relax and have fun. We drove by a city called Sidi-Bouzid without being aware that in this city, an event that happened that day would change the destiny of a lot of countries.
A guy named Mohamed Bouazizi was spending a regular day, selling his vegetables in a corner of a street in Sidi-Bouzid as he was a street vendor. His business was illegal because he didn’t have a license to do that. Being unemployed, extremely poor, the unavailability of jobs didn’t give him any choice to do anything else. By that day, a municipal official came to him and confiscated all his products and slapped him. Being very upset and humiliated, he made the decision to react and his reaction was very strong. He self-immolated in front of the city department office. His action led to a lot of protests in the country, but as a result of the media blackout, it didn’t make any noise in the country the first days after the event happened. Little by little, people started hearing what is happening inside the country and they started protesting against the brutality of the municipal officials. It was January 4th, 2011 when he died in a hospital in the capital of the country after 18 days of his immolation, five thousand people were present in his funeral in his native village. People in the country were upset and a lot of protests were organized in a lot of cities all over the country and a lot of people were killed and everyone knew that something big was going to happened. December 27th, 2010 was the day when the president came up with his first speech about what was happening and he was threatening citizens about their actions and all the protests that were happening inside the country, but nothing changed and protests were spreading more and more all over the country and the number of the...
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