The man who lit the touch-paper of revolt in North Africa exactly a year ago was no fiery revolutionary. Mohamed Bouazizi was a young fruit and vegetable seller, supporting eight people on less than $150 (£100) a month.
His ambition was to trade up from a wheelbarrow to a pick-up truck.
“On that day Mohamed left home to go and sell his goods as usual,” said his sister Samya.
“But when he put them on sale, three inspectors from the council asked him for bribes. Mohamed refused to pay.”