The Last Facebook Status Update of Bouazizi Who Set him Self on Fire Starting the Tunisian Revolution
Mohamed Bouazizi, an unemployed 26-year-old university graduate (correction he did not finish a BA degree as per Tunisian Arabic newspaper Sabah who interviewed his sister) sold groceries illegally in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid to survive as he could not find a job. When police confiscated his produce because he didn’t have a permit he became so sad that he set himself on fire in protest.
His action along with a Tunisia’s High employment rate, corruption and inflation sparked unusual popular demonstrations in Tunisian town Sidi Bouzid. Quickly demonstration crossed over to other cities and reached the capital, Tunis.
With over 55 Tunisian died the Tunisian revolution lasted for about 4 weeks and led to the ousting of American and French backed Tunisian President Zian El Deen Ben Ali who fled to Saudi Arabia after several countries including France it self refused to host him, emulating the fait of Iran’s Shah Mohammad Ridah Bahlawi.
Facebook, Twitter, Wikileaks U.S Cables about Bin Ali corruption, blog and online activist played an important role in the uprising, here is Mohammad Bouazizi last Facebook update :
“I will be traveling my mom, forgive me, Reproach is not helpful, i am lost in my way it is not in my hand, for give me if disobeyed words of my mom, blame our times and do not blame me, i am going and not coming back, look i did not cry and tears did not fall from my eyes, Reproach is not helpful in time of Treachery in the land of people, i am sick and not in my mind all what happened, i am traveling and i am asking who leads the travel to forget.”
مسافر يا أمي، سامحيني، ما يفيد ملام، ضايع في طريق ماهو بإيديا، سامحيني إن كان عصيت كلام لأمي، لومي على الزمان ما تلومي عليّ، رايح من غير رجوع, يزي ما بكيت و ما سالت من عيني دموع، ما عاد يفيد ملام على زمان غدّار في بلاد الناس، أنا عييت و مشى من بالي كل اللي راح، مسافر و نسأل زعمة السفر باش ينسّي محمد بو عزيزي
On its part according to Egyptian Arabic newspaper Yuom7, Israel felt sorry for the ousting of Bin Ali calling him one of the most supporters to Israel among Arab presidents and kings. # via Elshaeehd facebook page, images via Bouazizi page.