‘Day of Rage’ Protests in North Africa and the Middle East [VIDEO]

While violence escalated in Tripoli and the US announced sanctions against Libya, tens of thousands joined a ‘Day of Rage’ across the Middle East and North Africa. 

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In Tunisia, where protesters forced former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to flee sparked revolt throughout the region and where thousands of Libyans have now fled, tens of thousands demanded the resignation of the prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi, who is seen as an ally of Ben Ali. Indeed, it was the largest rally held in Tunisia since Ben Ali’s ouster.

Egyptians returned to Tahrir Square in the thousands to demand that reforms occur at a faster pace: In particular, the Guardian reports, they want to try Mubarak, who is reportedly in his Sharm el-Sheikh villa, to be put on trial for his 31 years in power. Protesters also called for the release of political prisoners and for the prime minister, Ahmed Shafik (who is said to have been hand-picked by Mubarak) and other members of the cabinet to be replaced. According to the New York Times, Egyptian bloggers and activists report that the military used tasers and beat protesters gathered in Tahrir Square and outside the Parliament building.

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In Palestine, the Palestinian Authority (PA) had called for a Day of Rage to protest against the US veto of a UN security council resolution condemning Israeli settlements; this protest was called off without explanation, says the Guardian. An unofficial protest was held in Ramallah, the main city in the West Bank. 5000 also protested in Amman, the capital of Jordan and demanded political reforms.

At least six were killed in protests across Iraq, three in Mosul and three in Hawija, and some 75 injured in clashes with security forces. Protests also occurred in Basra, whose governor, Shaltagh Abboud, said he would resign after 18 were injured in classes with security forces. 4000 protested and called for better education and health services, high unemployment, a shortage of drinking water and frequent power cuts. 

This video shows protesters marching in Iraq.

This video shows protesters injured in the demonstrations in Iraq.

In Yemen, 30,000 anti-government demonstrators were reported to be gathered in the capital of Sana’a, while more than than 100,000 rallied throughout the country. It was the biggest pro-democracy rally in the country’s recent history, with calls for an end to the 32-year reign of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. From the Guardian

Students, tribesmen, opposition activists and young professionals flooded the streets around Sana’a University, where protesters have been camped out since Sunday. “The people want the regime to fall,” they shouted, rising from their knees after a Friday prayer to mourn the deaths of two men shot dead on Tuesday by pro-Saleh supporters. 

The protest was peaceful, though at times tense. Protesters want better living conditions as well as political reform. One banner read simply: “Look at the gap between the rich and poor.”

Tens of thousands protested in Bahrain’s capital, Manama. Protests calling for democratic reforms have been ongoing for the past two weeks. Two marches in Manama ended in Pearl Square, which has become the focal point of the demonstrations. 

Many protesters waved Bahrain’s red-and-white flag, chanting: “No dialogue before the government is dissolved,” and “For Bahrain’s future, we are not afraid to be killed.” 

One procession split into separate groups of men and black-robed women, passing skyscrapers adorned with images of the nation’s ruling family.

Some demonstrators called on the US to do more to support them: The White House says that the national security adviser, Tom Donilon, spole with Bahrain’s crown prince, Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, on Thursday and stated ‘the US’s support for reforms through dialogue with opposition groups.’

The government has also declared Friday a day of mourning for the seven people killed since the protests began on the 14th of February.

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Previous Care2 Coverage:

U.S. Announces Sanctions Against Libya; Violence Escalates in Tripoli [VIDEO]

Gaddafi Blames Uprising On Osama Bin Laden; Says Al Qaeda Drugging Libyan Youth (VIDEO)

Libyan Opposition Gains Greater Control; Mercenaries Roam Tripoli With Orders To Shoot; U.S. Tries To Evacuate Citizens (VIDEO)

World Leaders React To Gaddafi’s TV Address; Update On Protests In Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria and Egypt

In Televison Address, Gaddafi Vows To Fight On And “Die A Martyr”


Photo of protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo by magdino20 | Maged .


Bon L.
Bon L7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Ellis T.
Ellis T7 years ago

It seems that the seemingly more suppressed countries are rebelling. While in America where take free speech and other freedoms for granted we are just going along with the program. The program is that the richest are getting richer. The poor are getting poorer and the so-called middle class is afraid to see that if we are not among the super rich and politically well connected we are becoming slowly but surely the economic loosers with the blessings of our so called democratic government. Think about it. May we all become more aware and more active

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda7 years ago

There seems to be ferment and unrest everywhere. At the present time I should like to report that my backyard is still peaceful.
All jokes aside, it is an interesting time, in the sense of the Chinese curse: "may you be reincarnated in interesting times!".
As individuals, we can only stay informed and do our level best to increase the good in the world and resist the bad.

Sound Mind
Ronald E7 years ago

Libya will be a great country, sans Gaddafi.

Mary L.
Mary L7 years ago

I've been worried about Egypt's military swinging to a pro-government stance. I hate to see my fear comes true.

Libya's civil war is so very sad. Especially having seen the footage of the soldier who refused to shoot protesters and got shot in the arm for his humanity.

I can only continue to try to positively coerce the universe to peace and I really dislike feeling so helpless.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L7 years ago

Let's hope most of the people stay peaceful. We live in trouble times to be sure.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers7 years ago

It is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

Lynn C.
Past Member 7 years ago

We, in this country, especially the president and his cabinet, have no platform to say anything about democracy as long as we have political prisoners who have spent years with no charges, we rape and pillage in other countries less able to defend themselves, support these horrible dictators, etc, etc,

The most disgusting and horrible example is that of Bradley Manning, and the attacks on Julian Assange.
But then, I'm realizing more and more that the Rah! Rah! America is the best, blah, blah, blah, has been a big, cleverly run propaganda program to keep us "entertained" while the resources of this very rich country are looted.
What's new in America.... I only wish those who are trying to loosen the hands of tyranny have more success.

Allan Yorkowitz
.7 years ago

What does the unrest in the Middle East, and Africa have to do with a band of US conservatives who are not taken seriously in the US by most conservative?
Focus on what is happening in each country, and PLEASE explain to me what this has to do with an unrecognized off shoot group of people who have absolutely no true voice anywhere - especially in Yemen, and Iraq!

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M7 years ago

Thanks for the article and videos Kristina. All these tyrannical leaders have been supported for years because of oil, they have all grown rich while the people have suffered great injustices. The people have come together one by one to protest against all that has been done to them. I have great admiration for these people standing up against what is wrong!!! Nothing worth fighting for has ever been easy!