The Arab Spring

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“When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right” this quote from Victor Hugo symbolizes the new age of human rights. Over the years, countries around the world have witnessed terrifying, yet life-changing, revolutions, but no one in history had expected for such a quick and sudden revolution to begin like the Arab Spring. The Arab Spring may be seen as a dangerous and terrifying matter, but to those that are protesting for a change, it is an unforgettable and life changing event in history. This political agitation has lead most countries in the Middle East to a more democratic government and has allowed millions all around the world to echo these protests to help an important cause. One revolution started it all, and ever since then, we have realized many of the biggest protests in history, the rise and downfalls of the economy, a different side to the revolution and the positive effect it has had on the world.

Ever since the ending of World War Two, the world has experienced fifty considerable revolutions that all led up to the Arab Spring. The Arab revolutions began in 2010 when a Tunisian man attempted suicide by setting himself on fire to protest against government officials who removed his fruit stand off the streets since he did not have the appropriate licence to own it. The reason he did not have one was because of his poverty and the lack of jobs in the country, and that sparked protests by the poor in Tunisia. Ben Ali, the president of the country for 23 years, realized the violent effect the protest had on the people and quickly announced that he is trying to lower the unemployment rate, but the violence is only making the problem bigger. He promised to create 300 000 jobs, however, the people only wanted t...

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