The grim side of Tunisia's Facebook 'revolution'

By Lilia Blaise

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Hammadi Khlifi was there at the birth of the Arab Spring. On December 18th, 2010, he watched the first videos of clashes between the police and locals in his home town of Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia. It was the day after Mohamed Bouazizi, a Sidi Bouzid street vendor, had set himself on fire, a protest against harassment that triggered the Tunisian Revolution and uprisings in other Arab states.