On 17 December 2010, a 26-year-old man named Mohammed Bouaziz poured petrol over himself and set his own body alight in front of the office of the regional governor. This incident came after police had smashed his fruit cart– his only means of survival despite his university degree with an MBA from an elite university.
epa05166498 Libyans wave national flags as they celebrate the fifth anniversary of the uprising at Martyrs square, in Tripoli, Libya, 17 February 2016. Libyans are marking the anniversary of the 17 February 2011 revolution that ended the rule of Muammar Gaddafi. A Libyan presidential council on 14 February formed a national unity government aimed at ending Libya’s civil conflict. EPA/STRINGER