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Revolutionary wave is still rising across Middle East and Africa


The media want us to believe that the revolutionary wave is over—that Tunisia and Egypt were the end of it, not the start.

But across the world—in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond—ordinary people are still rising up.

These movements, propelled by the inspiration from Tunisia and Egypt, are struggles against poverty, corruption and dictatorships. The ongoing protests in Syria and Yemen (see page 6) are part of this, as are the huge demonstrations in Iraq against government corruption and repression.

Over a million people protested in Iraq last week. This week security forces opened fire on groups of protesters, injuring 35 people.

Burkina Faso, which neighbours Ivory Coast, has seen protests in recent weeks along with army and presidential guard mutinies

President Blaise Compaore has been forced to dismiss the army, air force and police chiefs and dissolve his government.

In Bahrain, in the face of brutal state repression, workers have organised strikes—and demonstrations continue to burst onto the streets.

The leaders of many of these countries are friends of the West—and have shared interests in cracking down and restoring “calm”.

But ordinary people have raised their heads. Across the world the brutality of the state is no longer strong enough to crush dissent.

Here in Britain, we can take inspiration from these struggles in all our own fights.


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What We Think
Tue 19 Apr 2011, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2248
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