Tunisia Inspires The Arab World To Protest
12:41am UK, Friday January 28, 2011
Dominic Waghorn, Middle East correspondent http://tinyurl.com/4ccn3ce
There have been protests across the Arab world against the ruling elite after demonstrators were inspired by the ousting of Tunisia’s President Ben Ali.
At least five people have been killed in recent days as thousands of Egyptians called for US-backed President Mubarak to be ousted after nearly 30 years in power.
Tens of thousands of Yemenis have demanded President Saleh step down in nationwide protests, vowing to continue until their US-supported government falls.
He has ruled for nearly 32 years. Mr Saleh’s government is reportedly riddled with corruption, has little control outside the capital Sanaa, and its main source of income – oil – could run dry in a decade.
In Tunisia’s neighbouring country Algeria, there have been riots and several people were killed.
Egyptians demonstrate in Suez against President Mubarak’s government
Around 5,000 people have taken to the streets demanding a new government.
There is also fury on the streets of Lebanese cities due to a shift in power from US-backed moderates to Hizbollah, whose allies are Iran and Syria.
Bahrain’s king is calling for an Arab summit to discuss efforts to calm the region amid widening protests inspired by the toppling of Tunisia’s iron-rule regime.
The country is among the most volatile nations in the Gulf.
Last year, the majority Shiites staged widespread riots after a security crackdown by Sunni rulers.