The Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia is the first successful popular uprising in the Arab world. It all began when a police woman slapped a 26 year old fruit seller by the name of Mohammed Bouazizi in the town of Sidi Bouzid. Mohammed Bouazizi, a computer-science graduate unable to find work as a computer technician sold fruit to support his family. Bouazizi went to the governer's office to demand an appointment to express his anger at the slap. After being refused an appointment, Bouazizi set himself ablaze on December 17, 2010 and now a generation of young Tunisians had a martyr to reflect their seething frustrations towards youth unemployment, high inflation and their corrupt President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. The leaderless revolution sparked by text messages and social networking posts calling for revolution was named after the Tunisian national flower, Jasmine.
Final: The Jasmine Revolution (2011), 8" x 10", acrylic on illustration board