• LOCATION 20 | Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages

    Mohamed Bouazizi Place

    Mohamed Bouazizi Place on Paris audio tour Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages

    Either stop here, or walk slowly in circles, through the palm trees that are there to honor Mohamed Bouazizi. He was a Tunisian street vendor selling groceries to feed his family. He was harassed by the Tunisian police for years, and on 17 December 2010, they confiscated his gear and roughed him up. He tried to file a complaint with several authorities but was repeatedly ignored. So he set himself on fire in front of the last government office he tried, and died a few days later. This triggered a revolution in Tunisia, and other countries, known as the Arab Spring. Parisians haven't gotten rid of a tyrant in a long time, but still felt it was important to honor the Tunisian people, and the hope that was inspired by Mohamed Bouazizi' hopeless act.

    Now put Parc Montsouris to your back and walk away from the park, towards the narrow end of the palm tree patch and modern buildings.

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Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages