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When and how does a tax regime characterized by injustice facilitate a revolution? It could be said that the suicide by immolation of an informal street trader in Tunisia, Mohammed Bouazizi, catalyzed the ‘North African’ revolution. On December 27, 2010, Bouazizi’s fruit cart was overturned by police. After years of collective patience with the regime of Ben Ali, Tunisia was ready for resistance. Bouazizi’s was to make a statement using the only weapon he possessed: his body.