More revolutions after Tunisia?


Tunisian demonstrators as dictator Ben Ali flees the country

Middle East and North Africa feel repercussions of Tunisian revolution: here.

THE ARAB leaders meeting on Wednesday at an economic summit in Egypt’s resort of Sharm el-Sheikh expressed ‘fears’ that poverty, unemployment and recession, coupled with rapidly rising world food prices had produced impossible conditions for Arab workers and youth, who were now being driven into revolutionary uprisings: here.

Unfortunately the world seems to believe that the impact of popular revolt in Tunisia affects the Arab world only. That’s incorrect: here.

Tunisian Ministers Resign En Masse from old Ruling Party: here.

“This is not revolt, this is revolution,” Moncef Marzouki, veteran Tunisian left-wing opposition leader, told RFI on Thursday. Democratisation in Tunisia cannot take place without the Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) party of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali being disbanded, Marzouki says: here.

Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 saw the continuation of mass demonstrations all over Tunisia against the “new” national unity government and demanding an end to the RCD ruling party. Tens of thousands marched throughout the country under the slogan “RCD degagé” (Out with the RCD), clearly identifying the national unity government as a continuation of the old regime: here.

Demands that deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s former allies be purged from Tunisia’s political life continue, as the country starts three days of mourning for those killed by security forces during the revolt that toppled him: here.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today said the release of Tunisian journalist Fahem Boukadous is a momentous victory for the campaign waged by journalists for their independence and freedom under the banner of the Syndicat national des journalistes tunisiens (SNJT), an IFJ affiliate: here.

Abuja — Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned the repression against the youths, workers and people of Tunisia, who have risen up against oppression, the high cost of living, and corruption in their country: here.

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  1. 4,000 Jordanians join ‘bread and freedom’ demo

    Fri, Jan 21, 2011

    AsiaOne

    AMMAN, Jan 21, 2011 (AFP) – Around 4,000 Jordanians staged a protest march in Amman after weekly prayers on Friday against the country’s economic policies, demanding “bread and freedom” and that the government resign.

    “(Prime Minister Samir) Rifai, out, out! People of Jordan will not bow,” protesters chanted as they marched from the Al-Hussein mosque in the city centre to the nearby Amman municipality building.

    “Our demands are legitimate. We want bread and freedom.”

    Police handed out bottles of water and juice to the demonstrators, who carried banners reading, “We demand social justice and freedom”, “No to oppression, yes to change” and, “We need a national salvation government.”

    Police spokesman Mohammad Khatib said about 4,000 people took part in the protest, organised by the powerful Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm the Islamic Action Front.

    Rifai on Thursday announced a $283 million (211 million euro) plan to raise salaries of government staff as well as the pensions of retired government employees and servicemen in the face of popular discontent.

    The $28 a month raise came nine days after a $169 million plan to improve living conditions.

    The current minimum wage is $211 a month.

    But the Islamist opposition and others say the new measures are not enough as poverty levels are running at 25% in the desert kingdom, whose capital Amman is the most expensive city in the Arab world, according to several independent studies.

    Official unemployment is about 14% in the country of six million people, 70% of them under the age of 30. But other estimates put the jobless figure at 30%.

    A $1.5 billion deficit, equivalent to 5% of gross domestic product, is expected on this year’s $8.8 billion budget.

    Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of the kingdom in a similar protest on Friday last week.

    Tunisia’s popular revolt, which has ousted the country’s strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, has inspired dissidents across the Arab world and sparked protests in countries including Algeria, Jordan and Egypt.

    See also here.

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