Young Tunisian sets himself on fire

Reuters , Tuesday 12 Mar 2013

A Tunisia man sets himself on fire, replicating the exact, earlier scene of Mohamed Bouazizi that sparked the anti-Ben Ali revolution

Mohamed Ben Bouazizi, known as Basboosa, the street vendor who set himself on fire on December 17, 2010, in protest of the confiscation of his wares and sparked the Tunisian Revolution (Photo: AFP)

A young man set himself on fire in the main street of Tunis on Tuesday in a gesture recalling the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, whose death ignited a revolt in Tunisia that echoed across the Arab world.

Security forces and bystanders tried to extinguish the flames before the man was rushed to hospital, witnesses said. The reason for his action was immediately clear.

Street vendor Bouazizi died of his injuries after setting himself alight on Dec. 17, 2010 in the town of Sidi Bouzid after a policewoman confiscated his fruit cart.

Bouazizi's fate sparked protests that ended with the overthrow of veteran autocrat President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and inspired rebellions elsewhere in the Middle East.

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