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A Liben rebel fighter fires towards Gaddafi loyalists in Sirte, Libya on 19 October.
A Liben rebel fighter fires towards Gaddafi loyalists in Sirte, Libya on 19 October.
Image: AP Photo/Manu Brado/PA Images

In pictures: The Arab Spring uprisings of 2011

Anti-government protests first broke out in Tunisia, before inspiring similar movements across the Middle East and bringing down leaders in Egypt and Libya.
Dec 26th 2011, 4:00 PM 2,757 3

THIS YEAR SAW a spate of uprisings across the Middle East dubbed the ‘Arab Spring’ which toppled leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

In January, Tunisia’s president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali stepped down after a wave of violent protests sparked by the fatal self-immolation of street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in December 2010. Bouazizi was protesting his mistreatment by local officials.

The Tunisian movement inspired similar protests in Egypt, where protesters pushing for political reforms forced the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power, and Libya, leading to the ousting and killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in October.

The Arab Spring movement also saw protests in Morocco, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Check out some of the most powerful images from the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011:

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