“Bread, Freedom and Social Justice.” Already the slogan of the 2011 Revolution demonstrates that the quest for social justice was a key issue of the Arab Spring. The protests started when the street vendor Muḥammad Būʿazīzī burned himself in the Tunisian town of Sīdī Būzīd on December 17, 2010, and led to the toppling of the regimes in Egypt and Tunisia only weeks later. The small-scale trader could no longer bear the abusive treatment he had endured at the hands of the police, who had confiscated his goods and his scales, thus preventing him from running the...
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