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Artifact Date
2011
Topic(s)
  • Journalism
  • War
  • World History
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In early 2011, several predominantly Muslim countries (among them Tunisia, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Morocco and Bahrain) saw the beginnings of revolutions, pro-democracy protests, and civil wars. These events collectively became known as the Arab Spring or Arab Revolutions, and in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Yemen a series of power shifts occurred.

The Arab Spring movement actually originated in December 2010 when police in Tunisia seized Mohamed Bouazizi’s fruit and vegetable stand. In protest, the young street vendor set himself on fire in front of a government building.  Mass anti-government protests forced President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country in January 2011.

In February 2011, a protest broke out in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. The protest lasted 18 days and much like the protest in Tunisia, it stemmed from a frustration with the ruling administration and demands for more individual freedoms. The events in Egypt resulted in the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak from power.

In some cases, such as in Libya and Syria, the protests led to a civil war. While there were many months of diplomatic deals and attempts to stifle Moammar Gadhafi’s power, the climax of Libyan rebel efforts came on Aug. 22 when they took control of the capital, Tripoli. The Libyan Civil War began to conclude after Oct. 20 when Gadhafi was killed at the hands of Libyan rebels. In Syria the events of the Arab Spring morphed into a civil war that has yet to end. Growing out of dissatisfaction with the government of President Bashar Assad, the war in Syria has  become a major armed conflict involving multiple sides. Due to the situation in Syria and in other Middle Eastern countries, the Arab Spring does not have an official conclusion as the effects are still being felt and conflict continues.

The collection of front pages below cover only a few major events from the uprisings in Libya and Egypt.

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Cairo Uprising: Feb. 4, 2011

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Cairo Uprising, Feb. 5, 2011

President Mubarak Steps Down, Feb. 12

Libya Uprising, Aug. 22

Gadhafi Killed, Oct. 21

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