Starting with the Jasmine Revolution in December 2010, the world saw the overthrow of the Tunisian government, with the Arab revolution spreading to neighbouring Egypt. There was no sign of the army or the police, as opposing parties clashed on the 9th day of continuous demonstrations.
In mid January the Jordanian King fired his government after 5000 protestors took to the streets.
One of the poorest countries in the Arab world, Yemen faces a growing al-Qaeda threat, a separatist movement in the south and a sporadic rebellion by Zaidi Shia rebels in the north. Yemeni demonstrators called for an end to Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule. 16,000 demonstrated on January 27th, with over a million protestors expected on 3rd February.
Lebanonese protests turned violent as protestors rejected the proposal of Mikati, caretaker Prime Minister, as the country’s next prime minister. The protestors demanded that foreign journalists leave the area and there be no filming.
Police suppressed a protest for democracy in Algeria. At the end of January nearly 10,000 people demonstrated in the northeastern city of Bejaia.
In Libya government housing was broken into and occupied. The government responded on January 27th with a $24 billion investment fund to provide housing and development.
5000 demonstrators clashed with police in Sudan on the 30th January. They were calling for President Omar al-Bashir to step down. Police broke up the demonstration using tear gas. A further demonstration was squashed by police on the 1st February.
Demanding a rise in salaries and lower costs of living in Oman, 200 protesters demonstrated on the 17th January. The protest shocked news reporters who have believed Oman to be a ‘politically stable and sleepy country’.
11 people were killed on 21st January, as hundreds of protestors gathered in the city of Jeddah, Saudia Arabia. Police squashed the protest.
Demonstrators in Syria protested the killing of two Kurdish descent soldiers on January 28th. Syrians are calling for a ‘Day of Anger’ on February 5th.
Inspired by Egyptian and Tunisian protest, at least four Moroccans set themselves alight on January 30, at a protest in Tangier, Morocco.
Approximately 300 people joined together to protest against President Ismail Omar Guelleh in Djibouti.
In opposition to the policies of Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, a protestor burned himself near the Presidential Palace in Mauritania.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Saberm the Emir of Kuwait, gave the ‘citizens’
In a response to anti-government protests in Egypt, the Palestinian Authority announced municipal elections would be held in July.
It’s time to reform as a ‘new era’ is coming to the Middle East, said the Syrian president. “Arab leaders would need to do more to accommodate their people’s rising political and economic aspirations.”
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