2011 Africa and Middle East Unrest Fast Facts

CAIRO, EGYPT - A woman cheers in Tahrir Square after it is announced that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was giving up power February 11, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. After 18 days of widespread protests, Mubarak announced that he would step down.

(CNN)Here is a look at Arab Spring, anti-government protests that began in Tunisia in December 2010 and spread throughout the Middle East and Africa in 2011.


January 4, 2011 - Protests begin, sparked by an increase in food prices.
    January 9, 2011 - Within the span of a week, three people are killed and 300 others are injured during riots.
      January 22, 2011 - Demonstrators defy a government ban on street protests and march in the city of Algiers. Nine people are arrested and 19 are injured, including eight police officers. The people participating in the protest call for the government to release detainees and lift a state of emergency that dates back to 1992.


        June 13, 2011 - The trial of 47 doctors and nurses begins in Manama. They are accused of taking control of a hospital during protests.
        September 17, 2011 - Tens of thousands of people protest following the funeral of a man who died in questionable circumstances. He allegedly died following a tear gas attack on his father's home. The government maintains he died of sickle cell anemia.


        January 25, 2011 - Anti-government protests erupt. Several thousand demonstrators take over Tahrir Square in Cairo.
        February 1, 2011 - Mubarak announces he will not seek reelection in September. Protests continue, calling for Mubarak's immediate resignation.
        February 11, 2011 - Suleiman announces that Mubarak has stepped down. The Armed Forces Supreme Council is assigned to run the affairs of the country.
        For developments in Egypt after February 2011, see Egypt Fast Facts.


        March 28, 2011 - Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit announces that security forces will arrest anyone who tries to prevent another from expressing his/her views in a non-violent, legal way.
        June 12, 2011 - King Abdullah II announces sweeping reforms in a televised speech. He announces that the country will establish a parliamentary majority government. <