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The Arab Spring (sometimes also called the “Arab Spring and Winter”, “Arab Awakening” or “Arab Uprisings”) refers to a series of revolutions beginning in Tunisia in late 2010 following the self-immolation of Tunisian street merchant Mohamed Bouazizi in protest of his mistreatment by the authoritarian government’s officials. Around the same time, the website Wikileaks had, as part of a large trove of documents, released evidence of widespread corruption in a number of Middle-Eastern governments, Tunisia included. This, along with widespread anger over the many examples of authoritarian abuse (including the 2009/10 Iranian election protests) lead to an outbreak of protests across the Middle East, and the resulting removal of several longtime dictators, including those in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt.
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