1. Tunisia’s President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (left) visits Mohamed Bouazizi at the Ben Arous Burn and Trauma Center in Tunis. Bouazizi had set himself on fire in an act out of desperation after police confiscated fruits and vegetables he sold without a permit in the central town of Sidi Bouzid. He died shortly after this photo was taken. This photo was released on December 28, 2010, and Bouazizi’s story touched millions across the Arab world, tapping into decades-old anger, and triggered a series of uprisings leading to the fall of several dictators and widespread civil unrest that continues to this day.

    (AP Photo/Tunisian Presidency, File)

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