Friday, December 16, 2011

One year ago, tomorrow, Bouazizi burned himself, the Arab Revolutions started

Tomorrow will mark the 1st anniversary of the start of the Arab Revolutions against tyranny. Started with a desperate act of self-immulation, since then 3 governments have been toppled. Tunisia has a new president, Egypt had its first ever fair elections, and Libya got rid of (arguably) the world's worst dictator. Uprisings in Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain continue. Civil unrest and protests on a smaller scale also took place in Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia. The struggle will continue until all dictators are ousted and ultimately Palestine is free.

A mural in San Francisco's 'Clarion Alley' pays tribute to Mohamed Bouazizi, the street vendor who burned himself on December 17, 2010, in protest of the confiscation of his wares and the humiliation that was inflicted on him. Through his martyrdom, he incited the uprising that toppled the government of Tunisia (Zine El Abidine Ben Ali) in 2011 and began what is now called the "Arab Spring".
Located between Mission and Valencia Streets in the Upper Mission, many of the murals painted on doorways and garages in Clarion Alley have a political bent.
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