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Unrest In The Middle East and North Africa -- Country By Country

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posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 07:28 PM
I thought this would be good to add for some comprehensive perspective. The article has information and maps showing the where's and why's of unrest. Seems like wildfire, this movement is spreading.

(CNN) -- Two months ago, a Tunisian fruit vendor struck a match that started a fire that has spread throughout the much of North Africa and the Middle East. Muhammad Bouazizi's self-immolation prompted anti-government protests that toppled regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. Here are the latest developments, including the roots of the unrest, as well as a look at previous events in affected countries.
Friday developments:



posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 11:49 PM

Tens of thousands of Libyans took to the streets Friday to air their discontent with four decades of Moammar Gadhafi, the longest-ruling non-royalty head of state in the world, witnesses said. At least 20 people were killed and 200 were injured

Four people were killed in the center of Bahrain's capital Friday, where shots were fired after demonstrators gathered, an ambulance worker in Manama told CNN.

At least one person was killed when an assailant hurled a grenade Friday into a crowd of anti-government protesters in Taiz, Yemen, on Friday, a police official told CNN. Another 43 people were wounded.

Thousands of people who attended a pro-government rally in Tehran on Friday condemned opposition leaders and called for their execution, a witness said. Earlier this week, tens of thousands of pro- and anti-government protesters marched in downtown Tehran amid a crackdown. Two young men were killed this week.

Waving flags and beating drums, thousands gathered at Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday for a planned "Day of Victory" rally to celebrate the one-week anniversary of the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

About 200 people calling for reforms clashed with pro-government demonstrators in downtown Amman on Friday.

Roughly 200 Iraqi protesters hit the streets Friday in central Baghdad, the latest in a string of Middle East cities to be affected by the wave of unrest sweeping the region.

Roughly 200 Iraqi protesters hit the streets Friday in central Baghdad, the latest in a string of Middle East cities to be affected by the wave of unrest sweeping the region.

Thousands of people marched in protest through Djibouti on Friday. iot police charged the crowd after the call to evening prayers, shooting canisters of tear gas at the demonstrators

Protesters have demanded government reform, prompting authorities to say they will soon lift a state of emergency that was imposed in 1992 to quell a civil war that led to the deaths of more than 150,000.

Demonstrators have clashed with authorities on several recent occasions in Sudan. Human Rights Watch has said that "authorities used excessive force during largely peaceful protests on January 30 and 31 in Khartoum and other northern cities.

As protests heated up around the region, the Syrian government pulled back from a plan to withdraw some subsidies that keep the cost of living down in the country.

An uprising in Tunisia prompted autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to leave the country on January 14, after weeks of demonstrations. Those demonstrations sparked protests around North Africa and the Middle East.

Hundreds of Palestinians rallied for unity in Ramallah on Thursday, calling on Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian political factions to heal their rifts amid arguments over elections scheduled for September in the Palestinian territories. "Division generates corruption," was one of several slogans written on banners held up by the demonstrators, who flooded the streets after calls went out on social networking sites, as well as schools and university campuses, for them to attend.

These are all excerpts from the article just laid out for a quick scan. The reasons or root behind all of these uprising is explained in more detail.
That grenade being thrown into a crowd sounds suspicious to me. A horrible incident and assured reaction entails.
I wonder how connected these countries are both within and with each other. How prevalent is the internet?

edit on 18-2-2011 by speculativeoptimist because: (no reason given)

posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 11:29 AM
I found this link which could be of interest as well

What makes me believe this will be spread out worldwide? People will eventually wake up and see the pattern. Getting tired of non-transparent governments, "democratic" elected leaders who works for the profit machine instead of the average Joe, rising food prices and ye old corruption.

Just watch.

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