The social unrest that has rocked Tunisia for the past few weeks was largely documented thanks to amateur footage posted on social media networks. We have made a selection of the strongest videos that document key moments in the protest movement.
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Sidi Bouzid, where it all began (December 17)
On December 17, 26-year-old graduate Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of the Sidi Bouzid regional council in central Tunisia. His act of desperation sparked a wave of revolt in the provincial town, one of the poorest in the country. State media initially denied the incidents, leaving Tunisians to rely on Twitter
or activist blogs
for information on the events in Sidi Bouzid. Read our full story...
Protests reach the capital, Tunis (December 27)
Several hundred people gathered on December 27 in front of the Union of Tunisian Worker's headquarters in Tunis, to express their solidarity with the people of Sidi Bouzid. It would only the first in a long series of protests to rock the capital. Read our full story...
Protesters attack symbols of power (January 12)
Angry protesters began attacking symbols of the government and vandalizing government buildings across the country. In the following video, the headquarters of the ruling RCD party in Sfax (Tunisia’s second-largest city) are torched by rioters.
The army is deployed in Tunis (January 12)
Several demonstrators are killed in riots in Tunis and troops are deployed across the capital. The government imposes a curfew in the greater Tunis region. Our Observer sent us this footage of soldiers in Tunis, the first to be broadcast on foreign media.
A Franco-Tunisian teacher killed by police (January 12)
Hattem Bettahar, a 38-year-old teacher in the French university of Compiègne, was visiting his mother in the south-western city of Douz. He was shot by police while participating in an anti-government protest. Worker's unions say up to 50 people were killed in the protests. The government has acknowledged 21 dead.
The army against the police? (January 13)
The rumour spread on the Tunisian Web like wildfire: the army is protecting the population against police violence. A video emerged on January 13 that seemed to confirm the rumour: it showed protesters in Tunis marching next to two military trucks, defying police posted on the opposite street to attack them.
Tunis flooded with anti-government protests (January 14)
Despite President Ben Ali’s attempt to appease the population, Tunis residents massively responded to calls to protest in the capital on January 14. A massive crowd flooded the city’s main avenue and gathered in front of the Interior Ministry, calling for the president’s resignation.