Photo Gallery: A Slap Heard Around the Arab World 03/18/2011
 Then-Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali visits Mohamed Bouazizi at a...
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Then-Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali visits Mohamed Bouazizi at a Tunis hospital on Dec. 28. Bouazizi, a fruit vendor who set himself on fire after police confiscated his wares and his electronic scale, died days later.

Ben Ali was forced to flee Tunisia 10 days later under growing protests.