The year was 2010 when a young Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire.
It was an act of protest and desperation, leading to what became known as the Arab Spring — a political uprising across the Middle East and North Africa. But while the movement may have ended three years later — many of the grievances — including corruption and the desire for political and economic reform, remained. Fast forward to today — with violent clashes taking place in Lebanon, Iran and Iraq, and new leaders now in Algeria, Sudan and Tunisia.
CGTN’s Adel El Mahrouky reports from Cairo.
To discuss the current wave of anti-government protests:
- Habib Battah is an independent journalist and the editor of Beirut report dot com.
- Ahmed Rushdi is a senior foreign policy adviser to the Iraqi parliament.
- Mohammad Marandi heads the American Studies department at the University of Tehran.
- Abdel Bari Atwan is editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm, a London-based Arabic news site.
Iran protests: State TV acknowledges deaths during unrest https://t.co/1Dze7Ts9Qd
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The protests of the Arab Spring did not lead to the reforms that many had hoped for, but they did succeeded in fostering a culture of political dissent. This, @mahamyahya argues, could yet become the foundation of a new Arab revival.https://t.co/9uILOclTvC
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