Emel Mathlouthi

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Graffiti shows a man turning into a bird in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, on Oct. 27. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Ten years ago, Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire in a poor town in Tunisia, driven to despair by life under a corrupt regime that saw common people as subjects to be neglected or oppressed. The nationwide protests that erupted in the wake of this tragic act sent our dictator fleeing less than a month later, launching our effort at democracy and inspiring the greatest show of people power in memory — a murky series of events which came to be known as the Arab Spring.

I have fond memories of singing “Kelmti Horra” (My Word Is Free) on Avenue Habib Bourguiba during the first days of the revolution — a song I had not intended to become an anthem for the Arab Spring, yet whose message still reverberates today.…  Seguir leyendo »