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Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali looking at Mohamed Al Bouazizi, during his visit at the hospital in Ben Arous near Tunis on Dec. 28, 2010. Mohamed Al Bouazizi, 26, was a college graduate who became a street fruit vendor when he couldn't find other work. He doused himself in gas and set himself on fire on Dec. 17, 2010, and died of his burns on Jan. 4 of the following year. Al Bouazizi's self-immolation provoked the demonstrations that would go on to sweep the Middle East.