REVOLUTION Fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time. There are two types of revolution : Complete change from one constitution to another Modification of an existing constitution
INTRODUCTIO N The Tunisian Revolution is an intensive campaign of civil resistance, including a series of street demonstrations taking place in Tunisia.
WHY TUNISIANREVOLUTION IS CALLEDJASMINE REVOLUTION ? Jasmine, which is a flower used in making a kind of tea, suggests a calm emotional state. The revolution was based on nonviolent protest, rather than an armed assault on the existing government. In Tunisia and the wider Arab world, the protests and change in government are called the Sidi Bouzid Revolt, derived from Sidi Bouzid.
STORY BEHIND JASMINE REVOLUTION Twenty-six year old Mohamed Bouazizi had been the sole income earner in his extended family of eight. He operated a purportedly unlicensed vegetable cart for seven years in Sidi Bouzid 190 miles (300 km) south of Tunis. On 17 December 2010 a policewoman confiscated his cart and produce.
PROTEST The people of Sidi Bouzid overcame heavy censorship and police repression to ensure that their uprising did not go unnoticed in silence. Protesters took to the streets with "a rock in one hand, a cell phone in the other," The self-immolation of the 26-year-old street vendor that triggered riots causing the Tunisian leadership to flee the country, family members and friends used social media to share the news of what was happening in Sidi Bouzid with international media.
Continue….. The protests that erupted in Sidi Bouzid were indeed spontaneous, yet they were marked by a level of organisation and sophistication that appears grounded in the sheer determination of those who participated in them. The Sidi Bouzid branch of the UGTT was engaged in the uprising from day one. While the national leadership of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) is generally viewed as lacking political independence from the ruling class, its regional representatives have a reputation for gutsy engagement. Grassroots members of some opposition movements did, however, play an active role as individual activists (Ali Bouazizi, for instance, is a member of the Progressive Democratic Party).