A revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests across the Arab world beginning on December 18, 2010.
A man selling fruit is mistreated and embarrassed by police because he does not have a vendor's license. In protest of this treatment and the regime he set himself on fire.
It took just 28 days of protests for the Tunisian president to relinquish power and flee the country. This was something that most people thought was impossible. This revolution inspired Egyptians, who began protesting. Within 18 days, the Egyptian president stepped down, turning over power to the military leaders, and was arrested. The Arab Spring had begun!
You have probably heard different religions mentioned in the news reports about Syria (and other countries in the Middle East). Religion and conflicts between religions play a big role in what is happening.
Documentary BBC - A History of Syria (2013)