Looking Back At The Event That Started The Arab Spring05:11
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Tunisians protest in Tunis on December 27, 2010. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)
Tunisians protest in Tunis on December 27, 2010. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)
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Five years ago today, a Tunisian street vendor, frustrated and humiliated by authorities' harassment, burned himself to death in a public square. It touched off a revolution in that country and what we came to know as the Arab Spring.

Here & Now's Eric Westervelt looks back at the legacy of developments in Tunisia in December 2010 with William Lawrence, who is a visiting professor at George Washington University and the president of the American Tunisian Association.

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This segment aired on December 17, 2015.

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