Interpreting the Tunisian Revolution

Authored by: Beyond Bou’azizi

Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415523912
eBook ISBN: 9781315763026
Adobe ISBN: 9781317650041

10.4324/9781315763026.ch6

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Abstract

On 17 December 2010 a young jobless man from a remote Tunisian town, Sidi Bouzid, set fire to his body to protest against the lack of social justice and the corruption of the government. This hopeless act of protest triggered the Tunisian Revolution that defeated one of the most long-lasting dictatorships in the Arab region and has led to a deep political reform in Tunisia since 14 January 2011. A genuine understanding of the Tunisian Revolution needs to go beyond the course of events and consider the long history of the struggle for political reforms in Tunisia.

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