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Mohamed Bouazizi

Tarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi (29 March 1984 – 4 January 2011; ) 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.

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You dishonor the memory of Mohamed Bouazizi. You obviously know nothing of the Arab Spring or how it sta…
In Dec 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi of Tunisia set himself afire, triggering off the Arab Spring, after being harassed by municipal officials
6 years ago today, street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, sparking the 2011 rev & igniting protes…
Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi's self immolation may affect Europe in the long run. I can see will inflict heavy casualties to
It is amazing to consider the things that Mohamed Bouazizi's single act set in motion.
Where was this *passion* for the EU's technocracy 2 weeks ago? Who will be Bremain's Mohamed Bouazizi?
23-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi was a major catalyst in the Tunisian Youth Uprising.
RP: Mohamed Bouazizi is a story of resistance against humiliation and an insistence on visibility.
I'd have to ask Mohamed Bouazizi. Seriously, I'm all for n/v but opponent must have a conscience- rare these days
Gavrilo Princip (IWW), Mohamed Bouazizi (Tunisia), Thomas Mair (murderer of Jo Cox... of The poverty of .
Obama & Hillary were not the ones who asked Mohamed Bouazizi to set himself on fire in 2010,sparking the Arab Spring.
4GE:Tragedy of Mohamed Bouazizi, this day 2010. Manuel Castells & Hernando De Soto gave us an enormous insight.
Little, it seems, has changed in the homeland of Mohamed Bouazizi whose self immolation also ignited the Arab Spring movement.
folks have compared Mohamed Bouazizi to the Tiananmen square "Tank Man"...it appears the right comparison was Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Some thoughts on keeping memory alive:
Did you know the Tunisian revolution in 2010 was catalyzed by a street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself on fire? (1/2)
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This day 4 years ago: Mohamed Bouazizi sets himself ablaze in setting the region into flames that are still bur…
Historic presidential election in made possible by Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself aflame 4 years ago
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I'm sure that envy about the efficiency of Dubai Ports World was the final straw for Mohamed Bouazizi.
Mohamed Bouazizi was a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire on Dec 17, 2010. His act became a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution
Remember the Arab Spring? Tarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi was alone in the beginning. I feel all carriers cheat us
We all ready to become Mohamed Bouazizi of Tunisia with yu Shkh Rashid ; no further humiliation by Patwaris n Billos
We all r ready to become Mohamed Bouazizi of Tunisia ; no further Humiliation we need by Badshahs n Bilos
What do Rupert Murdoch, Mohamed Bouazizi and Paul Weller have in common? Find out here
Wontumi Should Set Himself On Fire To Start An Uprising And I’ ll Back Him – Pratt Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr . , wants the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party ( NPP) , Bernard Antwi - Boasiako, to replicate the action of Mohamed Bouazizi, the young man whose self - immolation act led to the Tunisian uprising, if he ( Wontumi) truly wants an “Arab Spring ” revolt enacted in Ghana . Twenty - six- year - old Mohamed Bouazizi who operated a vegetable cart for seven years in Tunisia was arrested by a policewoman in his cart and produce . Bouazizi, whose plea went unheeded, later tried to bribe the officer , but in response the policewoman was alleged to have insulted his deceased father and slapped him. Humiliated , Bouazizi later went to the provincial headquarters in an attempt to complain to local municipality officials and to have his produce returned but was refused audience. However , Bouazizi returned to the headquarters, doused himself with a fla ...
Family of Mohamed Bouazizi, 26, of say he died on Tuesday night. His self-immolation inspired popular uprisin…
before, but this time he got mad, he complained and the woman [pause] slapped him. One slap in the face, and that’s how the revolution began.” 6 Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia – Mohamed Bouazizi spent his whole life on a dusty, narrow street here, in a tiny, three-room house with a concrete patio where his mother hung the laundry and thered chilis to dry. By the time Mr. Bouazizi was 26, his work as a fruit vendor had earned him just enough money to feed his mother, uncle and five brothers and sisters at home. He was10 years old when he became the main provider for his family, selling fresh produce in the local market. He stayed in high school long enough to sit his baccalaureate exam, but did notgraduate. (He never attended university, contrary to what many news organisations have reported). Mohamed Bouazizi dreamed about owning a van.” 17 18 “The country’s official unemployment rate is 14 percent, concentrated among young people, but the rate is much higher in Sidi Bouzid, say local union leaders, w ...
December 17, 2013 Cold Moon: December full moon phase at 4:28 AM, EST. Saturnalia (Dec 17-23). Ancient Roman festival honoring Saturnus, the god of agriculture. Wright Brothers Day. 170 years ago, in 1843, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, was published in a print run of 6,000 copies that sold out in one week. 110 years ago, in 1903, brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first documented successful powered airplane flight. In 1967, Congress passed the Clean Air Act. In 1989, “The Simpsons” premiered on FOX. In 2010, street merchant Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest corruption in local government. He died of his burns Jan 4, 2011. His act is considered the start of the Arab Spring. Birth anniversary of Deborah Sampson (1760-1827), who disguised herself as a man in order to fight in the Revolutionary War. Full military pension was provided for her heirs by an act of Congress in 1838. Birth anniversary of poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-92). Happy Birthday! Be ...
Three years ago today Tunisian vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire. North Africa & the Middle East would never be …
On December 17th in history: In 1777 France formally recognised the United States. In 1819 Simon Bolivar declared the independence of Colombia from Spain. In 1830 Simon Bolivar died. In 1881 Lewis Henry Morgan died. In 1903 the Wright Brothers' carried out the first successful flight of a powered, heavier-than-air machine. In 1919 the Constituent National Assembly in Austria passed the first law establishing the 8-hour day. In 1922 the last British troops left the "independent" part of Ireland. In 1927 Hubert Harrison, American Communist and theorist of Black oppression, died. In 1936 Pope Francis was born. In 1987 Chelsea (née Bradley) Manning was born. In 1989 the first episode of “The Simpsons” was aired on American TV. In 2010 Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, a key event that led to the start of the Tunisian Revolution. In 2011 Kim Jong-il died.
On the 17th/Dec it'll be three years since Mohamed Bouazizi sat himself on fire starting the wider Arab Spring. Here I’m listing some of the Achievement and Crises caused (up to you which is which): 1-Step down of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, former Tunisian president (fled to Saudi Arabia). 2-Muammar Al-Gaddafi, former Libyan president, forced from power and ousted (killed by the rebels). 3-Step down of Hosni Mubarak, former Egyptian president (put under house arrest). 4-Step down of Ali Abdullah Saleh, former Yemeni president (granted immunity from being prosecuted), he ruled from 1978 to 2012. 5-Governmental changes in: Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Palestine, Morocco and Western Sahara 6-Arab has the courage to say NO to dictators but still totally disunited and many misunderstood democracy! 7-Death toll: going towards a quarter million! 8-Children are being killed not knowing why! Many other millions out of school! 9-Four Arab countries (Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen) slid backward on the Failed Stat ...
We don't need a Tahrir, or a Mohamed Bouazizi or a Khaled Said or a zanga zanga or guns or weapons or even Al Jazeera on our side
Rule of law and private property are essential for human flourishing. A 2013 Property Rights Alliance report reinforces this fact and uncovers the true reason for the Arab Spring uprising begun by Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia..
What Does it Take to Set a Life on Fire? When the September 16th issue of the New Yorker arrived, I started flipping the pages until I saw "By Fire," a work of fiction, by Tahar Ben Jelloun, a noted Moroccan writer. I must admit that I do not avidly read fiction, even though I edit a magazine that publishes works of fiction along with non-fiction content such as art, film and book reviews. Yet, as I started reading the short story, I was transfixed by its main character, Mohamed: on top of day-to-day misfortunes and harassment by the police, among other injustices at the hands of the state, he struggles to support his family and care for his sick mother. The more I continued reading the more I sympathized with Mohamed; I saw him as a true hero. However, by the middle of the story, this main character become more and more familiar to me, someone I had perhaps known or read about in the past. I continued reading to the end, and without much guessing, I assumed it was Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street ve ...
in Riyadh exposes plight of Arab stateless in Saudi Arabia By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - When a watermelon seller set himself on fire in Riyadh last month, it may not have set off an Arab Spring, but it did call attention to a rarely discussed issue - the plight of stateless Arabs living in the world's top oil exporter. Mohammed al-Huraisi doused himself in petrol and set himself alight on May 15, echoing the act of desperation by Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in December 2010 that was the catalyst for the Arab revolt. Relatives said local officials had stopped him from selling his produce on a street corner in a poor Riyadh neighborhood because he didn't have a permit. "He threatened to burn himself six months ago as well. He had pressure from debt and thought he might lose everything," the dead man's father, Ali al-Huraisi, told Reuters. The Huraisi family, originally from the Saudi-Yemeni border area, now lives south of Riyadh. Their ramshackle house lies down a road that passes date f ...
READ THIS SAD STORY!!! On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi reached his limit. He was a 26-year-old street vendor in Tunisia who was frustrated with being unable to find a better Job. He was also aware of the corrupt officials' demand for bribes. On that particular morning , inspectors confiscated Mohamed's supply of pears, bananas and apples. When they took his scales he resisted; and some witnesses say a female officer slapped him. Humiliated and enraged, Mohamed went to the nearby government office to complain but could not get a hearing. In front of the building, he was reportedly shouted, "HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO MAKE A LIVING?" After dousing himself with a flammable liquid, he struck a match. He died os his burns less than three weeks later. Mohamed Bouazizi's desperate act resonated with people in Tunisia and beyond. Many consider his actions the trigger for an uprising that toppled the country's regime and protests that soon spread to other Arab countries. The European Parliament awarded Bouazi ...
They have been laughing for far too long. I know how this happens, growing up in my white middle-class southern life; I was a mindless *** like most, I had no idea that we in the West were living on the back of the blood sweat and tears of countless people around the globe. I was clueless about our reaping the benefits of the plunder of the world. I too was living in that bubble of indifference, a bubble that is finally bursting. I wonder if the billions who have suffered for our indifference can forgive us. I wonder if we will be honest about our criminal complacency which has resulted in an unfathomable amount of suffering and death. Ah but alas, the American empire is crumbling, it is rotting from within, like every single empire before it. And how poetic that its accelerated demise was ignited by the rage and desperation of one Mohamed Bouazizi, one of the countless victims meant to be just another statistic; no no, this statistic just kicked off a global revolution. Think about it, if a street ...
"The Arab uprisings may have been sparked by an Arab man — Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street vendor..."
Two years ago today Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire. Tunisia’s stamp in his honor:
Recalling the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, unemployed youth sets himself ablaze in Tunis
Best idea from Heifer global challenge: key events can be resources for change, like Mohamed Bouazizi's immolation starting the Arab Spring.
the real story is started the LA wildfires and set Mohamed Bouazizi aflame and the tsunami
Tunisian Timeline of Events since Revolution: December 17, 2010 - Mohamed Bouazizi sets fire to himself in the central town of Sidi Bouzid in protest at the confiscation by police of his vegetable cart. Local people rally in support. Bouazizi later dies of his burns. Huge funeral increases momentum of protests against unemployment and repression. January 14, 2011 - After days of clashes in which dozens of people are killed, and having made empty promises of reforms and elections, Ben Ali flees to Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi stays on, with parliamentary speaker Fouad Mebazza as interim president. February 27 - Ghannouchi resigns after violent protests over his ties to Ben Ali, triggering street celebrations in Tunis. He is replaced by Beji Caid Sebsi, a former foreign minister under 1960s independence President Habib Bourguiba. March 7 - Sebsi unveils a new cabinet of technocrats rather than career politicians, none of whom had served in governments under Ben Ali. The Interior Ministry ...
AFRICA, THE CONTINENT: NEW DACDE, YOUNG CENTURY The historic "Arab Spring" began in Tunisia in late 2010 and is credited to the courage and bravery of one man- a fruit vendor in the town of Sidi Bouzid, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself ablaze in front of the governor's residence as a demonstration over the municipal inspectors' abuse, arbitrary fines and bribery- setting in motion the events which led to the uprising. At the end, President Ben Ali, in power for 23 years, deserted his government and country, escaping the wrath of disgruntled Tunisians. Today, long time exile and human rights activist, Moncef Marzouki, is the newly elected president of great Tunisia. Consequently, a regional political implosion ensued. Egypt, through peaceful protests and sit-ins at the famous Tahrir Square, have ousted Hosni Mubarak. This summer, Egyptians went to the polls and elected Mohamed Morsi in a free and fair elections. Libya's Ghaddafi insisted on "fighting till the death." His words were prophetic, he was captur .. ...
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Mohamed Bouazizi's birthday was 7 days after Newroz. He was a spark, a ignition of the Newroz fire!
Everyone in the Middle East owes Mohamed Bouazizi a lot!
Book review: Voices from Libya: Ramesh Manghirmalanni Historically the Arab Spring might have left its mark by successfully ousting dictators, but not without a legacy of weak new governments and the rise of political Islam. The mechanism of change drawing on civil resistance — strikes, protests, rallies and the use of social media — first came into action, according to reports, more than two years ago on December 17, 2010 when Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old Tunisian fruit and vegetable vendor, set himself on fire, igniting a revolutionary spark in the Middle East. The success of a new Libya — the country held its first general elections since Muammar Gaddafi’s fall in July 2012 and voted in a new 200-member General National Congress — is what drives the focus for most Middle East experts, noting that in Libya, unlike Tunisia and Egypt, moderates have been voted into government. This might explain Libya’s success post-Arab Spring in the short term. The new government, however, will not only b ...
Masress: First spark of ‘hunger revolution': Street vendors hold the photo of Mohamed Bouazizi, icon of the Tuni...
Mohamed Bouazizi RIP. If you had only known what fires you sparked.
R.I.P. Mohamed Bouazizi, two years ago he died 18 days after setting himself on fire in protest, an event which sparked the Arab Spring.
Two years without an authentic and humble hero.
Mohamed Bouazizi. The spark that ignited the Arab Spring was extinguished two years ago today. RIP.
Two years ago on 4/01 26yr old Mohamed Bouazizi died of his burn wounds, sparking a chain of pan- Arab anti Government protests. May he RIP.
The Arab Spring was triggered in Tunisia when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire. I feel something similar will start after India tragedy
Mohamed Bouazizi, the street seller from Sidi Bouzid, is an example that one man can make a difference.
Dutch article with an overview of the developments called 'the Arab Spring' since Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on...
Ignore the neocons – I refuse to give up on Egypt, or the Arab Spring: Ramesh C Manghirmalani Voltaire wrote that “optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable”. With the residents of Gaza and Homs still burying their dead and tens of thousands of protesters in Cairo marching on Tahrir Square, there doesn’t seem to be much light or hope in the Middle East. Pessimists abound. Over the past year or so, the doom-mongers and naysayers of the western commentariat have fallen over one another to try to write the definitive obituary of the Arab revolts, which, lest we forget, kicked off in December 2010 with the self-immolation of a young Tunisian street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi. Cynicism has been married to cliché: “The Arab Spring is giving way to an Arab winter,” wrote the self-professed neoconservative Douglas Murray in a Spectator cover story in November 2011. “The Arab Spring is a misnomer,” added the US neocon Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post ...
It was a mere two years ago today a street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi immolated himself, an act that directly triggered the Arab Spring.
Seeing another beautiful sunrise is no mere feat but a great thing. Good morning to you all and from all of us here we wish you a happy new week. THIS DAY IN HISTORY (DECEMBER 17) 1718 – Great Britain declares war on Spain 1777 – France formally recognizes the United States of America 1947 – First flight of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber 1957 – The United States successfully launches the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile in Florida 2005 – Anti-WTO protesters riot in Hong Kong 2010 – Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire. This led to the Tunisian Revolution and, later, the Arab Spring in general BORN THIS DAY: 1942 - Muhammadu Buhari 1982 - Naetochukwu Chikwe (AKA Naeto C) A happy birthday to you too, if it happens to be your birthday
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Standing up to evil So eventually and inevitably, there will always be someone who can neither bend, nor pretend, someone compelled by conscience — and yes, sometimes, faith — to stand and resist. There will always be a Mohamed Bouazizi, immolating himself in Tunisia, a Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat in Alabama, a Paul Rusesabagina sheltering people from massacre in Rwanda, an Oskar Schindler hiding Jews from the Nazis in Poland, a nameless man standing before a tank in Tiananmen Square. And a Malala Yousafzai, age 14, defying the Taliban in Pakistan. Leonard Pitts Jr. (Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, writes for the Miami Herald)
The Daily Caller- Assange: Obama exploiting Arab Spring in campaign: "Mohamed Bouazizi did not set himself on fi...
The self-immolation of street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi almost two years ago in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, sparked a revolution that swept away his country’s regime, as well as that of Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Other repressive regimes are still under threat from the Arab Spring. For years, beneath a veil of...
Mother of Arab Spring Tunisian Martyr Arrested: The mother of Mohamed Bouazizi, the street vendor whose...
Rigging Edo guber election 2012 can have a Mohamed Bouazizi effect on this country.there is a pent up anger hanging somewhere,lets not let it loose.the people of Edo state know what they want,and they must be allowed to have their say and way pls.
Choreography & Dancing by Mersiha Mesihovic Music by Paul Matthis In memory of Mohamed Bouazizi. May he rest in eternal peace
In December 2010, 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set fire to himself. This street vendor had been rousted and humiliated once again by Tunisian police for hawking apples and pears out of a wheelbarrow. Bouazizi ignited more than himself.
In Their Grief, They found a Course – Mohamed Bouazizi and The Arab Awakening! (Series 2) It was once thought that a revolution was a far-fetched idea in the Arab world. Many were of the view that the people in the Arabic-speaking countries of Libya, Egypt, Syria and others were too naïve to foster the notion of a rebellion. In these countries were long-serving heads of states and presidents who lord it over their subjects. Perhaps, these leaders were also of the view that their people were incapable of leading movements that would lead to their ouster from power. For so many years that was the case. Different small groups sought the removal of these leaders from office but to no avail. But that was to end. One man changed the social stereotypes of the Arab people. It was not an army general. It was not a renowned academia or a social crusader. No, it was a street vendor in the name of Mohamed Bouazizi. He lost his father to a heart attack when he was just 3 years of age. The mother later married one o ...
The burning of Mohamed Bouazizi triggered a wave of revolutions across Islamic countries in North Africa and the Middle East. It resulted in the ousting of the presidents of both Tunisia and Egypt and the effect is far from over - regimes in Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and many more countries...
Mediasetfree Weapon: Arab youth use words and social media to change the world: Mohamed Bouazizi was a 26-year-o...
The Arab Spring is one year old today. A day to remember Mohamed Bouazizi
Mohamed Bouazizi hurt al Qaeda more than bin Laden's death will
Fascinating story of Mohamed Bouazizi in today's Times, written by Ben Macintyre. This is journalism my friends
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