Inspiring Change

When you push people hard enough, they will push back, eventually.

Sometimes igniting a spark will result in a blazing fire, and that is exactly what happened back in December. The protests and demonstrations in Tunisia have inspired many others and have initiated a domino effect, spreading to Egypt, Yemen and Algeria.

Tunisians, sick and tired of the miring “unemployment, high food prices and government oppression” finally said enough is enough and spoke out loudly for the entire world to hear them.

In an important act of solidarity, “thousands of Tunisian police officers, army servicemembers and government workers rallied in the capital” along with their fellow countrymen and countrywomen. They are all uniting as citizens first, then telling their government they want change for a better life.

Egyptian citizens want change, too, and as they saw what was taking place in Tunisia, they, too, decided to take matters into their own hands since it was quite obvious their government was not going to enact the changes they seek.

“Income inequality has reached levels not before seen in Egypt’s modern history” while “at least 23 percent of the population lives under the poverty line,” while the corrupt police force continue to brutalize Egyptians.

Enough is enough. Egyptians are not asking for much. They want to start working in order to build a better life for themselves. They also want to see all cessation to the police corruption that is rampant throughout the country. Since their government has failed them, they are taking action and shouting out loudly, yet peacefully, to make sure they are heard.

Tunisia has not just inspired Egypt. Algerians and Yemenis are also demanding change from their governments. Update: It looks like the Egyptian protests have inspired Jordan, Yemen and Sudan.

What is the next country that will find inspiration and demand progressive, positive change from its  own government?

What we are seeing is fed-up people shouting vociferously not just so the world can hear them, but so their own governments can hear them. They are demanding basic rights: the right to work, the right for a better life, the right to change.

It is something I have not seen in my lifetime ever. I am amazed and awed at how these protests and demonstrations are all unfolding. Solidarity!

2 thoughts on “Inspiring Change

  1. The connection between bad economic situation and a desire for democratically elected government is still a bit hazy for me. Why do people associate democracy with better economic times? Is it that people have always had their issues with dictatorial governments but they didn’t want to speak up in good times but are more willing to protest when there is so little to lose (no jobs; no assets)? So is democracy an alternative because dictatorship didn’t work out? What happens after a democratically elected government come into power and it can’t deliver on jobs and lower food prices? I ask because we have a democratically elected government and our official unemployment rate is in the upper 9% and it’s somewhat more like in the mid-teens if we count discouraged workers and such.

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