Jasmine Revolution & the Arab Spring
Though the Tunisian revolution first was sparked in December of 2010, when Mohamed Bouazizi⎯a vegetable and fruit vender⎯set himself ablaze, the full-on Jasmine Revolution didn't gain strength until January. And boy, did it gain strength. Suddenly, the little known country of Tunisia was making headlines. My countrymen were doing what was not expected of them, of anyone⎯they were marching in the streets, determined to change their government.
Ultimately, Tunisians succeeded⎯Ben Ali fled, after 23 years in power. This revolution, in an often overlooked country, set in motion revolutions that spread to become the "Arab Spring and, later, the Occupy Movement.
When the people will to live,
Destiny must surely respond.
Oppression shall then vanish.
Chains are certain to break.
Tunisian National Anthem