The Tunisian Revolution: Who’s Next?

12:29 am in Uncategorized by Sebastos

The Tunisian Revolution is already being compared to the fall of the Berlin Wall:

Andoni, Lamis. To the tyrants of the Arab world …. Al Jazeera. 2011 Jan 16. Available from: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/01/2011115135046129936.html.

The head of the Arab League has warned Arab heads of state that they might be next if they don’t clean up their acts:

Arab leaders warned of ‘revolution’: head of Arab League warns regional leaders that recent political upheaval is linked to deteriorating economic situation. Al Jazeera. 2011 Jan 19. Available from: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/01/2011119165427303423.html.

Nor is this entirely speculation. Not only have there been recent violent confrontations in Albania, Algeria, and Yemen (so far!), but in Albania, even prime minister Sali Berisha has made the comparison with Tunisia:

Four shot dead in Albania clashes: four people killed and dozens injured in extensive anti-government clashes with police outside PM’s office in Tirana. Al Jazeera. 2011 Jan 22. Available from: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/01/201112119754408514.html.

Although, in an unintentionally comic twist, Berisha has compared the socialist leadership of the protests to the ousted Tunisian dictator:

Berisha called the protests an opposition attempt to foment a Tunisia-style uprising. “The bastard children of Albania’s own Ben Alis conceived Tunisian scenarios … for you citizens of Albania,” he said, comparing his Socialist political opponents with the ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

In Yemen, demonstrators are calling for the removal of President Ali Abdullah Saleh; their chant of protest is “Oh, Ali, join your friend Ben Ali”:

Yemen protests urge leader’s exit: thousands of students, activists and opposition groups stage anti-president protest at Sanaa University. Al Jazeera. 2011 Jan 23. Available from: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/01/201112314714887766.html.

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