Ten Years after the Arab Spring: New Insurgencies in the Arab World
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At the end of 2010, a series of demonstrations in Tunisia led to the Jasmine Revolution which overthrew president El Abidine Ben Ali. The spirit of revolt infected the Arab world and other dictators fell, most notably Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Then the surge of insurrection was beaten back, and counter-revolution was consolidated under El Sisi in Egypt and Assad in Syria.
Ten years on, we are experiencing a new insurgence. Lebanon is suffering its worst economic crisis in decades, with acccusations of corruption and mismanagement. Desperate protestors have defied COVID-19 and taken to the streets. Banks have been set on fire and at least one demonstrator has been killed. But the protests go on.
In Algeria, president Abdeleziz Bouteflika was forced to stand down last year after mass demonstrations. But there were no protests when journalist Khaled Drareni was arrested in late March 2020. Yet the country remains a powder keg as the government cracks down and the fall in oil prices starts to hit.
Mass movements in Sudan also removed a dictator last year – the hated Omar al-Bashir. Yet there has been little visible change. The EU, and particularly the German government is simultaneously attempting to impose a neoliberal “solution” to Sudan and deporting Sudanese refugees from Europe. This is not going unchallenged.
As resistance continues in different formats, the Berlin LINKE Internationals is organising an online meeting with activists from each of these countries. What forms of protest are possible in times of COVID-19? How is the sink in oil prices affecting ordinary people in the Arab world?
As Germany prepares to take over both the UN Security Council Chair and the EU Council Presidency, how are European states complicit in repression of insurgencies in the Arab World, and how can their populations hold them to account?
• Maya Zebdawi is a palestinian political activist and a member of the student movement and the 'Nationalizing Banks' campaign in Lebanon.
• Hamza Hamouchene is a London-based researcher and activist. He is the co-founder of Algeria Solidarity Campaign (ASC) and Environmental Justice North Africa (EJNA). He currently works for the Transnational Institute (TNI).
• Shadia Abdelmoneim is a political activist, human rights defender specially women rights, a founder member of "No to women oppression pressure group, a member of the Sudanese women union. She is the political secretary of the Sudanese Comunist Party branch in Germany.
This meeting will be moderated by Phil Butland.