Timeline of the Arab Spring

Timeline created by savagetrout
  • Tunisian Protester Sets Himself on Fire

    Tunisian Protester Sets Himself on Fire
    December 17, 2010: Mohamed Bouazizi sets himself on fire outside a local government office in an act of protest after being arrested by police for not having a permit to run a vegetable stall. Street protests begin soon after his death throughout the country.
  • Tunisian President Resigns and Flees

    Tunisian President Resigns and Flees
    January 14, 2011: Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali resigns and flees to Saudi Arabia.
  • Tahrir Square Protests Begin

    Tahrir Square Protests Begin
    January 25, 2011: The first coordinated mass protests are held in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.
  • "Days of Rage" in Muslim Countries

    "Days of Rage" in Muslim Countries
    February 2011: Protestors in several predominantly Muslim countries stage “Days of Rage” to oppose authoritarian governments and push for democratic reforms.
  • Mubarak Steps Down

    Mubarak Steps Down
    February 11, 2011: Egypt’s Mubarak steps down.
  • Protests Begin in Syria

    Protests Begin in Syria
    March 15, 2011: Pro-democracy protests begin in Syria.
  • Pro-Democracy Demonstrators Beaten in Morocco

    Pro-Democracy Demonstrators Beaten in Morocco
    May 22, 2011: Police beat thousands of pro-democracy protesters in Morocco.
  • Moroccan Constitution Liberalized

    Moroccan Constitution Liberalized
    July 1, 2011: Moroccan voters approve constitutional changes that limit the power of the country’s monarchy.
  • Uprising in Libya

    Uprising in Libya
    August 20, 2011: Rebels in Libya launch battle to take control of Tripoli.
  • Million Man March in Yemen

    Million Man March in Yemen
    September 23, 2011: Yemenis hold a “Million Man March,” a large-scale pro-democracy protest.
  • Qaddafi Killed in Libya

    Qaddafi Killed in Libya
    October 20, 2011: Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Qaddafi is captured by rebels, tortured and killed.
  • Yemen Dictator Resigns

    Yemen Dictator Resigns
    November 23, 2011: Yemen dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh signs a power-sharing agreement. He resigns altogether in February 2012 and is later killed, in 2017, while the country is still engulfed in a civil war.
  • First Democratic Elections Held in Egypt

    First Democratic Elections Held in Egypt
    November 28, 2011: Egypt holds first democratic elections for parliament. In June 2012, Morsi is elected president, but is removed from power by coup in July 2013.