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Why the Arab
Spring?
I chose the arab spring because not a lot of people
are aware of the current situation in Syria or the
previous situations in the middle east.
I also think it is a huge timeline of events that will and
have changed the lives of thousands of people
throughout the middle east and the countries effected
by the revolutions. It has shaped the future of the
generations to come.
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What is the Arab
ForSpring
forty years or more the pace of change in the Middle East
has been slow, making the events of recent months all the more
surprising. Who could have foreseen that the desperate act of a
26-year old street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself
on fire in Tunisia in December last year, would have triggered the
astonishing train of events we are still seeing unfold?
In a country where officials have little concern for the rights of
citizens, there was nothing extraordinary about humiliating a
young man trying to sell fruit and vegetables to support his
family.
Mohammed Bouazizi was selling vegetables in the market when
police seized his cart, in an act of frustration and desperation
Mohammed set himself on fire. Not only had the police taken
away his livelihood but little did they know that this would take
away his life. They had sparked the beginning of something that
would change the Arab world forever. Mohammed was admitted
to hospital with severe injuries and later died. This provoked a
huge response from the Tunisian people and there was an out
break of protests. This quickly ignited a reaction from
neighbouring countries and unexpectedly many Arab countries
began to speak out and organised marches and riots which
rapidly became bloody and brutal battles between civilians and
the army/police. The Arab Spring…read more

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Tunisia, Egypt, Libya &
Syria;
Tunisi
Within 10a
days Tunisian
president vows to punish rioters
after worst unrest in a decade.
Tunisia's leader, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, has
threatened a crackdown against violent protests over
graduate unemployment following some of the
country's worst unrest in a decade he vowed to
punish rioters after two protesters were killed and one
graduate set himself on fire in desperation at not
being able to find a job.
th
9 January
Protesters continue to riot and there are clashes with
police and fire is set to several cars, security services
respond violently.
th
14 January
Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali flees Tunisia and takes
refuge in Saudi Arabia after weeks of mass protests
culminated in a victory for people power over one of
the Arab world's most repressive regime. The Arab Spring…read more

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Egypt
January 2011
Activists in Egypt call for an uprising in their own country, to
protest against poverty, unemployment, government
corruption and the rule of president Hosni Mubarak, who has
been in power for three decades.
January 25
On a national holiday to commemorate the police forces,
Egyptians take to the streets in large numbers, calling it a
"day of rage".
Thousands march in downtown Cairo, Similar protests are
reported in other towns across the country.
After a few hours of relative calm, police and demonstrators
clash; police fire tear gas and use water cannons against
demonstrators.
Protest organisers heavily relied on social media outlets
such as Facebook and Twitter.
January 26
A protester and a police officer are killed in central Cairo as
anti-government demonstrators pelt security forces with
rocks and firebombs for a second day, according to
witnesses. Medical personnel in Suez say 55 protesters and
15 police officers have been injured
January 27
Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the UN nuclear
watchdog turned democracy advocate, arrives in Egypt to
join the protests.
January 29 In a speech delivered shortly after
midnight, Mubarak announces that he has sacked the
cabinet, but he himself refuses to step down. His
whereabouts are unknown. The Arab Spring…read more

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February 3
Bursts of heavy gunfire early aimed at anti-
government demonstrators in Tahrir Square,
leave at least five people dead and several more
wounded, according to reports from Cairo.
February 11
After tens of thousands people take to the
streets across Egypt in angry protests,
Hosni Mubarak resigns as president and
hands over power to the army.
February 12
People celebrate in Tahrir Square until
early morning. Pro-democracy protesters
start to clean the square.
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