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Locked Out! Roots of the Arab Spring

Format: DVD | Streaming | Download
Length: 13:46
Grade Level: 9-12+
Closed Captioned:

Streaming/DVD: English

Is your ability to work a personal right?

Tariq Mohamad Bouazizi sold fruits and vegetables from a pushcart in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. He couldn't afford the time (142 days to complete 54 procedural steps) or the money ($3,233—more than he made in a year) to register his business legally. He was Locked Out of the system.

Like the vast majority of people in the Middle East, he ran his business extra-legally and dealt with harassment from corrupt officials. On the fateful day of Dec. 17, 2010, his run-in with officials and resultant death sent shockwaves across the Middle East, plunging the region into strife and conflict as millions demanded change.

Discover the Roots of the Arab Spring—the story of Tariq Mohamad Bouazizi.