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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 People in Power React to Arab Spring Uprisings Ben Ali, President of Tunisia1987-2011 Hosni Mubarak,President of Egypt1981-2011 EGYPT TUNISIA Mubarak put Egypt in a legalized "state of emergency," which legalized censorship, expanded police powers, and curtailed constitutional rights. On October 6, 1981, Hosni Mubarak came into presidency During the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt, the military took a neutral side between Mubarak and the protesters. When the army withdrew its support for Mubarak completely, he was forced to resign from lack of protection. Forced to resign Rules Mubarak first tried threatening the protesters and cutting off internetand cell phone service. After it was apparent that the protesterswould not step down, he gave into some of their demands, but it wastoo late. On April 2, 1987, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali cameinto presidency Ben Ali was a strict and efficient dictator. He didn't hesitate to use violence to restrain his people. He ran an Authoritarian based government in which those in power did not have to answer to the people; communications were censored; basicrights were suspended under decadeslong states of emergency (which often limits people's amount of freedom); and brutal security forces used beatings, totrutre, imprisonment, and murder to stop opposition. During the Arab Spring, the Tunisian govermment triedto supress news of the protest, but activists posted the news andvideos of the protets on the internet. Control Control Forced to resign The demonstrations were so fierce that the Tunisian army withdrew its support for Ben Ali. Unprotected, he was forced to flee the country on January 14. With power slipping through his grasp, Ben Ali resigned and handed over the power to prime minister Mohamed Ghannouchi. "Ben Ali, leave us at ease" Arab Spring in Tunisia Arab Spring in Egypt How leaders control their citizens, react to crisis, and are forced into resigning from positions of great power
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