Mohamed Bouazizi & the Arab Revolts
Program #KHOR004. Recorded in Denver, CO on October 17, 2013.
After being humiliated by state authorities, Mohamed Bouazizi, an unknown street vendor in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouaziz, set himself on fire on December 17, 2010. Just a few weeks before, WikiLeaks published revelations confirming what virtually every Tunisian knew: The regime of Ben Ali was thoroughly corrupt and operated like a mafia family. But the U.S. backed Ben Ali throughout his many years of dictatorial rule. Bouazizi’s action may be comparable to Rosa Parks refusing to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Who knew what would follow? In Tunisia, within weeks Ben Ali was toppled. Then Egypt erupted, then Syria and Libya. Impregnable regimes suddenly looked vulnerable. The political landscape of the Middle East had dramatically changed. People came out in the streets in unprecedented numbers. Interviewed by David Barsamian.
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