Magharebia (Washington DC)

Tunisia: Sidi Bouzid Tribute Turns Violent

Protesters hurled rocks at Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki and parliamentary speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar Monday (December 17th) in Sidi Bouzid, cradle of the revolution that erupted exactly two years ago, AFP reported.

The incident began after a speech by Marzouki. Security forces swiftly evacuated the two men to the regional government headquarters.

On December 17th, 2010, street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest economic and social conditions in the central Tunisian town. His action is considered the catalyst for the Arab Spring.

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