This is not the first time that anger has crystallized toward the wives of dictators, despots and autocrats. In the 1980s, the public was more outraged at the spending excesses of Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos a shoe addict of legendary proportions - than at her husband Ferdinand Marcos, who allegedly amassed billions of dollars in ill-gotten wealth during his 21 years in power.
Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier's marriage to the flamboyant and free-spending Michelle Pasquet estranged the Haitian dictator from his father's old supporters. He was deposed in 1987.
In Images: A man walks in the looted house of Mouez Trabelsi, in Tunis, on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011.