NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 8, 2011

 

 

 

NORTH AFRICA UPRISING
 

 

EGYPT 

 

 

CAIRO TURMOILS
by Gabriele Micalizzi

In January 2011 the people of Egypt broke through a barrier of fear they had known for a generation and rose in revolt against their president. Anger had long been brewing in Egypt - strikes, unemployment and sectarian tension were on the rise. Small networks of activists had been agitating against Hosni Mubarak's autocratic rule for years. But it was only when another Arab country, Tunisia, rose up against its tyrant that the Egyptian activists attracted mass support. People took to the streets across Egypt demanding political freedoms, an end to state corruption and a better quality of life for the impoverished population.


 

TUNISIA

 

 

TUNIS PROTESTS
by Gabriele Micalizzi

A desperate act by a young unemployed man on 17 December triggered a much wider series of protests and clashes with the police. Mohamed Bouazizi set fire to himself when officials in his town prevented him from selling vegetables on the streets of Sidi Bouzid without permission. These demonstrations then spread elsewhere, in a move the government said was being exploited by the opposition. At least 219 people died during the protests that toppled Tunisia's President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. After President Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia in January, a unity government was sworn in but some protests continue, by demonstrators who want anyone linked to the former regime to leave power.

 

 


 

WHEREABOUTS

ALGERIA
Andy Rocchelli is on his way to Algeri and will be available for assigments from February 9th to 20th.

 

EGYPT
Gabriele Micalizzi is still in Cairo until saturday 12th, he is available for assignments. 

 

 
 
 
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