A year to the day, Mohamed – Basboosa – Bouazizi’s self-immolation in the sleepy Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid kicked off a year of global revolt, the convulsions have spread further than Basboosa could ever have been imagined. The Arab Spring was born. A simple street seller, Basboosa had his vegetable cart confiscated by local officials and in protest set himself on fire. His actions ignited a string of anti-government demonstrations that have transformed the Arab world.
Within days of Basboosa‘s tragic protest, thousands of Tunisians lined the streets with a new found instant courage, demanding an end to the 23-year dictatorship of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.