Sunday, March 20, 2011

On March 20

On this day in ...
... 1956 (55 years ago today), Tunisia won independence from France, which had exercised a "protectorate" over the North African territory since 1881. In 1987 Tunisia's 1st President would be deposed by a successor -- Zine El Abidine Ben Ali -- who, as we've posted, ruled until his own people ousted him from office this past January. Protests have persisted since then, and the flight of refugees from conflict-ridden Libya has exacerbated the situation.

(Prior March 20 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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