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Published on Feb 3, 2012
2011 was a year without precedent for the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa region. It was a year in which millions of people of all ages and backgrounds, especially the young and often with women to the fore, flooded on to the streets to demand change. Often, they continued to do so in the face of extreme violence meted out by the military and security forces of those who claimed to govern -- and who had continued to enjoy and to squander the fruits of power -- in their very name.
It was a year like no other, when the whole region shook as ordinary people summoned up the courage to provide a demonstration of "people's power" such as the region had never seen before and, incredibly, to sustain it even when the might of the repressive state and its security forces were deployed against them.