On December 17th, 2010 in the country of Tunisia, a vegetable seller’s food cart was taken away by police. The seller lit his body on fire and triggered a group of protests known as the Arab Revolution. Just a few things the people were protesting about were dictatorship, human rights violations, government corruption, and economic decline. These protests took place in the Western Eastern Hemisphere. Two countries, of the many, that have been affected by these protests are Egypt and Libya
Egypt has been affected by the Arab Revolution protests. Protest started in Egypt on January 17th, 2011 when a man set himself on fire near the Egyptian parliament building in Cairo. Eight days after the man set himself on fire a coordinated protest broke out, turning Cairo into a warzone. On February 4th, 2011 hundreds of thousands of people protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. After about three weeks of protesting Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s vice-president announces that Hosni Mubarak will stepping down as president and giving power to the military. Two days later Egypt’s military rejects the protesters demands for a swift transfer of power to civilian administration, postponing the constitution until elections. Protests continue to this day and Egypt is yet to establish a long term government.
Libya has been affected by the Arab Revolution protests. Protests erupt in Libya on February 16th, 2011 after the arrest of a human rights campaigner. On February