In Tunisia on December 17, 2010, government inspectors confiscated the fruit cart Mohamed Bouazizi used to support his family. An hour later Bouazizi stood outside his local government office in the town of Sidi Bou Zid, and lit himself on fire.
That act touched off a wave of protests across Tunisia, videos of which circulated on Twitter with a single hashtag: #sidibouzid. NPR’s Andy Carvin located one of these videos and sent out this tweet: “Arabic speakers: Can someone summarize the protest chants in this video? http://youtu.be/DTOZEJjhWHU thanks! #sidibouzid #tunisia.”