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Irrational Mohamed Bouazizi is Time magazine’s Person of The Year

MOHAMED Bouazizi is Time magazine’s person of the year for 2011. Mr Mohamed Bouazizi was 26 when he set himself on fire in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. A female municipal inspector named Fedia Hamdi had stopped him from selling fruit off his unlicensed barrow. She slapped him in public, so the story goes. The officials then confiscated his goods – apples, bananas and apples – and his scales. They took away his hope.

That was December 17, 2010.

Mr Mohamed Bouazizi responded by setting himself alight.

He died from his wounds on January 4, 2011. Bouazizi’s death trigged the Arab Spring. Mohamed Bouazizi brought about the end of Mr Ben Ali’s 23 years as Tunisian leader. Colonel Gaddafi would also go from neighbouring Libya, murdered they say. Hosni Mubarak of Egypt would be forced to leave his job as Egypt’s President, only to be replaced by the military.

The Arab Spring brought change but not all of it for the good of the powerless.

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Posted: 27th, December 2011 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment