The Arab Spring

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  • Tunisia: Vegetable seller sparks protests

    Tunisia: Vegetable seller sparks protests
    Mohamed Bouazizi starts selling vegetables. Police later seize his cart, he sets himself on fire and later dies. The act, following Wiki Leaks´¨publication of US criticisms of the regime, provokes young Tunisians to protest.
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    One Year of The Arab Spring

    The timeline cover the storys of the three major countries involved in the Arab Spring : Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya
  • Tunisia: Protests Continue

    Tunisia: Protests Continue
    Protesters clash with police and set Fire to cars in several Tunisian cities. Security responds violently.
  • Tunisia: Ben Ali Flees

    	Tunisia: Ben Ali Flees
    Tunisian president bows to protest and flees to Saudi Arabia.
  • Muammar Gaddafi condemns Tunisia uprising

    Muammar Gaddafi condemns Tunisia uprising
    Muammar Gaddafi, an ally of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, said on Libyan TV that he was 'pained' by the fall of the Tunisian government.
  • Egypt:Mass Protest Against Mubarak Regime

    Egypt:Mass Protest Against Mubarak Regime
    The first coordinated protest turn Cairo into a ´´War Zone´´ as protests demand for the resignation of Hosni Mubarak erupt nationwide.
  • Egypt Crackdown

    Egypt Crackdown
    Secuity forces use tear gas and beatings, hundreds are arrested including foreign journalists. Europian leaders condemn the tactics and anonymous hackers threatens cyber-attacks if Egyptian goverment doesn´t stop censoring the media
  • Egypt: Mubarak Tries to Headoff Protests

    Egypt: Mubarak Tries to Headoff Protests
    President Mubarak makes his first tv apperance after 4 days of violence, he pleged hs commitment to democracy, but refused to stepdown.
  • Egypt: Mubarak says he will step down- but not yet

    Egypt: Mubarak says he will step down- but not yet
    President Mubarak Pledges to step down on the next election and pave the way for a new leader.
  • Egypt: Mubarak Resigns

    Egypt: Mubarak Resigns
    After 18 days of mass protest Mubarak stepped down and handed power down to the military. Crowds pour into Tahrir Square to celebrate.
  • Libyan protesters clash with police in Benghazi

    	Libyan protesters clash with police in Benghazi
    Arrest of human rights activist triggers demonstrations in Libya's second largest city
  • Libya's day of rage met by bullets and loyalists

    Libya's day of rage met by bullets and loyalists
    Gaddafi supporters clash with protesters in al-Bayda and Benghazi on the second day of unrest in the country
  • Muammar Gaddafi's 'trophy' body on show in Misrata meat store

    	Muammar Gaddafi's 'trophy' body on show in Misrata meat store
    Libyans queue to see dictator's body as wounds appear to confirm he was killed in cold blood
  • Gaddafi urges violent showdown and tells Libya 'I'll die a martyr'

    Gaddafi urges violent showdown and tells Libya 'I'll die a martyr'
    Muammar Gaddafi set the stage for a violent, final showdown to crush Libya's popular uprising by urging loyalists to take to the streets to fight "greasy rats" in the pay of enemies ranging from the US to al-Qaida
  • Nato to take control in Libya after US, UK and France reach agreement

    Nato to take control in Libya after US, UK and France reach agreement
    Britain, France and the US have agreed that Nato will take over the military command of the no-fly zone over Libya in a move that represents a setback for Nicolas Sarkozy, who had hoped to diminish the role of the alliance.
  • Libyan leader should stand down as he has 'lost legitimacy', says Obama

    Libyan leader should stand down as he has 'lost legitimacy', says Obama
    Barack Obama has called on Muammar Gaddafi to stand down on the grounds that he has "lost the legitimacy to lead" Libya after Tripoli's violent response to the protests.
  • Tunisia:Ousted Presidents Party Dissolved.

    Tunisia:Ousted Presidents Party Dissolved.
    A Tunisian court rules that the party of the former preside, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, be dissolved, trigerring street celebrations as one of the last vestiges of the ousted leader´s era is dismantled.
  • Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy: no let-up in Libya until Gaddafi departs

    Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy: no let-up in Libya until Gaddafi departs
    US president reverses previously cautious approach to Libyan conflict and signs America up to more muscular intervention
  • Gaddafi compound hit by coalition air strikes on Tripoli

    Gaddafi compound hit by coalition air strikes on Tripoli
    A building in Colonel Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli has been destroyed after the second night of air strikes against the regime, but US and UK military officials denied that the Libyan leader himself was targeted.
  • Libyan plane and tanks destroyed by allied jets

    Libyan plane and tanks destroyed by allied jets
    French fighter jets have destroyed a Libyan plane in the coastal city of Misrata in the first enforcement of the no-fly zone imposed by the UN to try to halt Muammar Gaddafi's anti-rebel offensive.
  • Libya: Moussa Koussa, Gaddafi's foreign minister, defects to UK

    Libya: Moussa Koussa, Gaddafi's foreign minister, defects to UK
    Muammar Gaddafi's authority inside Libya suffered a significant blow when his foreign minister quit and fled to the UK in a specially arranged flight organised by the British intelligence services.
  • Gaddafi's regime has dispatched one of its most trusted envoys to London for confidential talks with British officials.

    Gaddafi's regime has dispatched one of its most trusted envoys to London for confidential talks with British officials.
    Colonel Gaddafi's regime has dispatched one of its most trusted envoys to London for confidential talks with British officials. The visit by Mohammed Ismail, a senior aide to Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam, is one of a number of contacts between Libyan officials and the west, a possible indication the regime may be looking for an exit strategy.
  • Gaddafi's deputy foreign minister flies to Athens with peace proposal

    Gaddafi's deputy foreign minister flies to Athens with peace proposal
    Renewed signs that key figures in Muammar Gaddafi's regime are seeking an end to the crisis emerged on Sunday when the deputy foreign minister, Abdul Ati al-Obeidi, flew to Greece using the same route out as defector and his former boss, Moussa Koussa apparently with a message from the Libyan government seeking a way out of the crisis.
  • Gaddafi´s Son Killed

    Gaddafi´s Son Killed
    Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, the youngest son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and three of his grandchildren have been killed in a NATO air strike, a Libyan government spokesman said.
  • Libyan leaders face arrest on war crimes charges

    Libyan leaders face arrest on war crimes charges
    Gaddafi regime systematically opened fire on peaceful protests, says international criminal court prosecutor
  • Osama Bin Laden Praises Arab Spring Uprises

    Osama Bin Laden Praises Arab Spring Uprises
    A tape recorded by OsamaBin Laden is realesed posthumously onto islamist militant website. It praises the Arab Spring movements and predicts they will spread.
  • Egypt: Mubarak charged with murder

    Egypt: Mubarak charged with murder
    Egypt referred Hosni Mubarak to court on Tuesday over the killing of protesters and other charges, defying speculation that Egypt's new military rulers would spare the former president public humiliation
  • Tunisia: Former President Sentenced to 35 Years in Jail

    Tunisia: Former President Sentenced to 35 Years in Jail
    Former Tunisian president and his wife sentenced to 35 years in jail after beung found guilty od theft in absentia by a Tunisian court.
  • War crimes court issues Gaddafi arrest warrant

    War crimes court issues Gaddafi arrest warrant
    ICC orders Libyan leader and his son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to stand trial on charges of torturing and killing civilians and rebels
  • Libyan rebels win recognition and promise of financial support

    Libyan rebels win recognition and promise of financial support
    Libyan rebels fighting to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi have won broad political recognition as the country's "legitimate authority" as well as the promise of huge financial support and a British commitment to intensify Nato bombing
  • Egypt: Troops Retake Tahrir Square

    Egypt: Troops Retake Tahrir Square
  • Egypt: Mubarak in court

    Egypt: Mubarak in court
  • Gaddafi urges people to 'liberate Libya' from Nato

    	Gaddafi urges people to 'liberate Libya' from Nato
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has urged his people to "liberate Libya" from Nato, a day after rebels captured a key town on the road west to Tunisia, severing Tripoli's main supply route
  • Gaddafi vows 'martyrdom or victory' after fleeing compound

    Gaddafi vows 'martyrdom or victory' after fleeing compound
    Ousted leader calls retreat a 'tactical move' and urges Libyans to 'cleanse the capital of traitors' in audio recording.
  • Libya: rebels move government to Tripoli

    Libya: rebels move government to Tripoli
    In its first Tripoli press conference the National Transitional Council said its cabinet would be moving from Benghazi to the capital. Al Jazeera quoted Ali Tarhouni, the NTC's finance minister, as saying: "I declare the beginning and assumption of the executive committee's work in Tripoli".
  • Gaddafi issues defiant message from hiding

    Gaddafi issues defiant message from hiding
  • Gaddafi's son Saadi 'has arrived in Niger'

    Gaddafi's son Saadi 'has arrived in Niger'
    Country's justice minister says Saadi Gaddafi was in convoy of nine people intercepted while heading towards Agadez
  • Libya's new leader calls for unity and moderation

    Libya's new leader calls for unity and moderation
    Mustafa Abdul Jalil says transitional government will not accept extremism and says women will play a part in the new Libya
  • Anti-Gaddafi troops meet fierce resistance in major assault on Sirte

    Anti-Gaddafi troops meet fierce resistance in major assault on Sirte
    Intense sniper fire by Gaddafi's men defending his home city exacts a bloody price on NTC troops
  • Gaddafi stronghold Bani Walid falls

    Gaddafi stronghold Bani Walid falls
    NTC troops raise flags of Libya's new government after six-week siege, leaving only parts of Sirte defended by loyalists
  • Muammar Gaddafi killed home town finally falls

    Muammar Gaddafi killed home town finally falls
    Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya from 1969 until August this year, has been killed by forces loyal to the country's new government.
  • National Transitional Council announces liberation to elated crowds in city where uprising began

    National Transitional Council announces liberation to elated crowds in city where uprising began
    It was the moment all Libyans had waited for: the announcement that their country is totally liberated, and they can consign Muammar Gaddafi's four-decade rule to history.
  • Tunisia: Voters go to the Poll

    Tunisia: Voters go to the Poll
    People queue to vote as candidates from 110 parties and scores of independents contest the Arab Spring´s first election.
  • Gaddafi buried in secret desert location

    Gaddafi buried in secret desert location
    Gaddafi's burial alongside his son Mutassim brings to close controversy over public display of his body for nearly four days
  • Nato ends military operations in Libya

    Nato ends military operations in Libya
    Anders Fogh Rasmussen rules out intervention in Syria as he hails 'successful chapter' in alliance's history
  • Egyptians return to Tahrir Square to protest against military junta

    Egyptians return to Tahrir Square to protest against military junta
    Thousands gather for one of the largest demonstrations since Hosni Mubarak was ousted and new rulers took over.
  • Niger grants asylum to Saadi Gaddafi

    Niger grants asylum to Saadi Gaddafi
    Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi has been granted asylum in Niger on humanitarian grounds, the country's president confirmed on Friday.
  • Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captured in Libya

    Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captured in Libya
    Interim Tripoli government says son of Muammar Gaddafi was arrested while attempting to flee to neighbouring Niger.
  • Egypt's cabinet offers to resign as protests against junta grow

    Egypt's cabinet offers to resign as protests against junta grow
    Egypt's interim government has tendered its resignation following a third day of deadly violence in Cairo, throwing the country into fresh turmoil less than a week before nationwide parliamentary elections are due to begin
  • Gaddafi's intelligence chief captured in southern desert

    Gaddafi's intelligence chief captured in southern desert
    Abdullah al-Senussi caught two days after Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's arrest by militia fighters
  • Tunisia:Democraticlly elected assembly holds inaugural session

    Tunisia:Democraticlly elected assembly holds inaugural session
  • Egypt Votes

    Egypt Votes
    Fears of violence and chaos unfounded with no major violations or security incidents reported in first free ballot for over 80 years
  • Tripoli in lockdown as Libya authorities try to drive out militias

    Tripoli in lockdown as Libya authorities try to drive out militias
    Security forces deployed across Libya's capital as government sets two-week deadline for gunmen to disarm or leave
  • Tunisia: Moncef Marzouki becomes President

    Tunisia: Moncef Marzouki becomes President
    Tunisia´s constitutional assembly elects former activist, who returned from exile in France after Fall of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
  • Egypt's violence continues in Cairo streets over military rule

    Egypt's violence continues in Cairo streets over military rule
    Security forces and protesters clash in running battles in streets around Tahrir Square 24 hours after nine confirmed dead