To follow how the Arab Spring symbolically began, we must go back to the end of 2010
Tunisia: December 17th, Mohamed Bouazizi sets himself on fire in Tunisia after repeated harassment from police who confiscated his fruit and vegetable cart, claiming he didn’t have a permit. Bouazizi’s self-immolation is widely considered the event that help propel the Arab Spring into motion.
Translation of Mohamed Bouazizi’s last message on his Facebook Wall:http://omarkhayyam.blogsome.com/2010/12/22/last-message/
“I’m leaving, mom, I beg your pardon, any blame is useless, I am lost in a path out of my control, pardon me if I disobeyed you, blame our times, don’t blame me, I’m leaving forever, I’ll not be back, I am fed up crying without tears, blames are useless during these cruel times in this place, I’m tired and I forgot all about the past, I’m leaving while asking myself if my departure will help me forget”
December 24th, a protester named Mohamed Ammari is shot dead in Tunisia.