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France 24 14 Jan 2021

The Arab Spring, 10 years on: A look back at the events that led to the fall of Ben Ali

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Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of the ouster on Jan. 14, 2011, of former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine #BenAli. The autocrat led #Tunisia for 23 years before the eruption of nationwide protests that inspired what became known as the #ArabSpring. The movement unleashed revolt across the Arab world, toppling several autocratic leaders. Ben Ali died in 2019.


This week marks ten years since deposed strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia, the first leader to fall as the 2011 Arab Spring took hold across North Africa and the Middle East. A decade on, #Tunisia remains the only country to have transformed itself into a relatively stable democracy. But high unemployment remains a major problem, not least in the region of Tataouine. FRANCE 24 brings you the first in a series of four reports from the country, a decade after the Arab Spring watershed. #ArabSpring #10years
When a young street seller set himself on fire to protest lack of employment opportunities and government corruption, Tunisia became the cradle of the Arab spring revolutions that swept the middle east. Less than a month later, the dictator Ben Ali had to flee the country he had ruled for 23 years. Ten years on, what change has the revolution brought and was the sacrifice of so many worth the price?
When a young street seller set himself on fire to protest lack of employment opportunities and government corruption, Tunisia became the cradle of the Arab spring revolutions that swept the middle east. Less than a month later, the dictator Ben Ali had to flee the country he had ruled for 23 years. Ten years on, what change has the revolution brought and was the sacrifice of so many worth the price?
This week marks ten years since deposed strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled #Tunisia, the first to fall as the 2011 #ArabSpring took hold across North Africa and the Middle East. But since 2017, the number of those arriving in Italy from Tunisia illegally has risen sharply. Fed up of waiting for the revolution to benefit them financially at home, some risk it all to try to reach Europe. FRANCE 24 brings you the second instalment in a series of four reports this week from Tunisia, a decade after the dawn of the Arab Spring.

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