American Samizdat

Friday, January 28, 2011. *
The spark flared first in the small town of Sidi Bouzid, in central Tunisia, where Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old graduate student, was accosted by the authorities for selling produce in the souk – the equivalent of a farmer’s market – without a license. Bouazizi, like many in emerging economies, could not find a job in his field – or any other field – and so was forced to resort to hawking olives and oranges to support his family of eight. The officials reportedly humiliated him, and when he went to city hall to try to go "legal," they wouldn’t even let him in the door. These are the circumstances that led to his now famous act of self immolation: in protest, and in full view of passersby, he stood in front of city hall, poured lighter fluid on himself – and struck a match.

Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen – is the West next?

As,others said,

a) Egypt's military - conscription
b) local police - professional

A major distinction which supports the revolutionaries. It would be a different trajectory if both units were professional.

Egypt Rising: Washington Dithers as its Factotum Faces Downfall
posted by Uncle $cam at 11:03 AM
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