Tunisian Revolution


January 24, 2022

The Tunisian Revolution (also known as the Revolution of Freedom and Dignity, the December 17 Revolution or the January 14 Revolution), is a popular revolution that erupted on December 17, 2010 in solidarity with the young Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself on fire on the same day as an expression of his anger at his unemployment and the confiscation of the vehicle he was driving. It is sold by policewoman Fadia Hamdi (Boazizi died on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 in Ben Arous Hospital due to severe burns). This led to the outbreak of the demonstrations on December 18, 2010 and the departure of thousands of Tunisians rejecting what they considered the conditions of unemployment, the lack of social justice and the exacerbation of corruption within the ruling regime. Protests from the center of the state to the neighboring towns and cities such as Meknassi, Regueb, Sidi Ali Ben Aoun, Poziano House Kasserine and Feriana. These demonstrations, which included many cities in Tunisia, resulted in the deaths and injuries of many demonstrators as a result of their collision with the security forces, and forced President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to dismiss A number of ministers, including the Minister of the Interior, made promises to solve the problems that the demonstrators called for. He also announced his intention not to run for the presidential elections in 2014. After his speech, blocked websites were opened in Tunisia, such as YouTube, after 5 years of blocking, in addition to a reduction in the prices of some food products. slightly. But the protests expanded and increased in intensity until they reached government buildings, forcing President Ben Ali to abdicate and leave the country suddenly, under the protection of Libyan security, to Saudi Arabia on Friday, January 14, 2011. On the same day, Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi announced his temporary assumption of the presidency, because The president’s performance of his duties faltered, according to Article 56 of the constitution, with the declaration of a state of emergency and a curfew. However, the Constitutional Council decided a day later to resort to Article 57 of the Constitution and declare the position of the President vacant. Accordingly, on Saturday January 15, 2011, it was announced that Parliament Speaker Fouad Al-Mubazaa would temporarily assume the position of President of the Republic until early presidential elections were held within a period of 45 to 45 days. 60 days. The Tunisian revolution was the main trigger for a series of protests and revolutions in a number of Arab countries.

Sequence of events

On Friday, December 17, 2010, a Tunisian youth named Mohamed Bouazizi, who is unemployed, set himself on fire in protest against the confiscation by the municipal authorities in the city of Sidi Bouzid of a cart on which he sold fruits and vegetables.

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