At the end of 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a young street vendor, set himself on fire to protest against the daily frustrations he was subjected to by the police while trying to get by and support his family on his little job. His desperate deed gave rise to a gigantic popular movement. A very concerned crowd demanded radical changes, which the power of Ben Ali first ignored. The movement gained in scale, led by an over-qualified younger generation humiliated by unemployment which reaches an average of 24%.
The spontaneity and the non-violence of the demonstrators baffled the repressive regime of Ben Ali in power for the previous 23 years and set a chain reaction which marked the beginning of the “Arab Spring”. On January 14, 2011, Ben Ali surrendered and fled with his family to Saudi Arabia. Now, what about the Tunisians future?
Kaffel Soukaina // Tunis
Jihed Khmiri // Fouchana