Tunisia's uprising and the social media
Over the past four weeks, cities across Tunisia have witnessed protests and riots as citizens, including many young people, rose up against the authoritarian regime of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. In a flurry of activity in recent days, Ben Ali initially attempted to appease the crowds with promises of reform and then abruptly fled the country.
Some observers contend that it might have been a U.S State Department cable leaked by WikiLeaks that served as the metaphorical last straw. The cable detailed the lavish lifestyle of ruling party members, while unemployment, rising food prices and corruption took their toll on the country. Others attribute the outbreak of unrest to Mohamed Bouazizi, a computer science graduate who could find no job but selling vegetables without a permit and had set himself on fire after allegedly being beaten by the police. Many rallied around his name.
Social media tracked the story, helped protesters organize rallies and also helped bring the world's attention to the tumult. Here's just part of the story told via Twitter:
James Buck and Melissa Bell
| January 15, 2011; 5:26 PM ET
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