Arab - The Arab Spring Revolution - Mohammed Bouazizi
The Arab Spring Revolution is also known as the Arab Uprising began in December in 2010. Its origin was Tunisia where Mohammed Bouazizi a vendor, set himself ablaze in protest to police harassment (Terryn et al. 11). After this ordeal, many Arab countries for instance Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Oman and Yemen experienced bouts of protests. The year 2011 saw the beginning of a spate of protests in the above countries as follows. In January 2011, rebel groups toppled the Tunisian government. In Egypt, the situation was the same in January as protesters gathered in Tahir square demanding that President Hosni Mubarak and the Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik resign. Mubarak eventually resigned on 11 February, but Shafik resigned much later on 3 March after severe protests (Terryn et al. 15-21). On 26 January 2011, massive protests began in Syria in an attempt to end the tyrannical rule of President Abdulla Saleh among other grievances.
An attempt to assassinate the Syrian President Abdulla Saleh in June 2011 failed. He later resigned on 27 February 2012. In August, there were unrests in Libya, and the rebels took control of the country thereby overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi.
[...] Overall, democracy without economic development is useless for a country, and unless measures are taken to bring sanity back to the Arab spring countries, their economic state will continue to deteriorate (Terryn et al. 97). This insinuates that the political freedom that they have strived so hard to acquire will be in vain. Bibliography Terryn, Waylon Christian. 2010-2011 Middle East and North Africa protests Tunisian revolution and uprising Egyptian revolution and uprising Libyan civil war Bahraini uprising Syrian uprising. Beau Bassin, Mauritius: Fer Publishing Print. Aissa, El Hassane. The Arab Spring: causes, consequences, and implications. Carlisle Barracks, PA: U.S. Army War College Print. [...]
[...] Causes of the Arab Spring revolution IV. Changes that Occurred in the Region V. How is the world looking at Arab Spring countries, how were they looking at them before? VI. Conclusion VII. Bibliography Introduction The Arab uprising occurred due to discontent of the people who were disillusioned by their leaders (Aissa 33). The leaders had formulated oppressive policies, which did not augur well with the citizens. The common factor that binds the Arab spring countries is to end the tyrannical rule. [...]
[...] Furthermore, by ousting their leaders the citizens have become confident in airing their views. This means that the freedom of expression has improved unlike before when the people's voices were suppressed (Aissa 87). How is the world looking at Arab Spring countries, how were they looking at them before? At the onset of the Arab spring revolution in early 2011, most countries were surprised. They now view the Arab spring countries as a threat to international security. Terrorism groups have emerged propelled by this uprising. [...]
[...] A case in point is Syria where over 60,000 people have lost their lives and many more continue to die. On top of that, properties of great value continue to be destroyed (Terryn et al. 56-61). This results to economic stagnation and ultimate disintegration. As the Arab uprising continues, the participants have to realize that the price of democracy is high. For democracy to be achieved, human rights must be respected and upheld (Aissa 95). Unfortunately, Arab spring as most citizens continue to lead deplorable lives. [...]
[...] Causes of the Arab Spring revolution Bad political systems that are dictatorial and authoritarian in nature. As stated earlier this grievance of tyrannical rulers is the factor that unites the Arab spring countries. These political systems are corrupt, and they suppress the freedom of expression. Example is the case in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Libya where the leaders in these countries clung to power for decades. High unemployment levels especially among the youth leads to agitation and restlessness as the youth feel that their heads are not performing enough to solve the issue of unemployment. [...]
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