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How the Arab Spring began

A year ago this weekend a 26-year-old Tunisian named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire.

It was an extreme act by a young man who had reached the end of his tether after being banned from selling fruit to earn a living but it triggered a remarkable series of events that became known as the Arab Spring.

Our security correspondent, Frank Gardner, looks back at a tumultuous year.

  • 16 Dec 2011
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