Former Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali (second left) visits Mohamed Al Bouazzizi (right) at the hospital in Ben Arous near Tunis on December Source: Handout from Tunisian Presidency of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.
Fadia Hamdi and the slap that started Arab Spring. In December 2010, this cruel and profoundly mediocre woman ended years of humiliation by slapping street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi. Local authorities had been bullying and harassing him since childhood for selling produce from a cart. He'd put himself into debt to stay in business; her slap broke his spirit. He set himself — and Tunisia — on fire.