Revolts Spreading; Algeria On The Brink

Posted: February 14, 2011 in Uncategorized


The Tunisian revolution has been called the first “Internet Revolution,” and there is not doubt that both the Internet and social media have played a part in both what happened in Egypt and Tunisia.

Now it is happening in Algeria.  And Jordan, and Yemen, and Bahrain.

Dictators that try to exploit their populations and keep them in line with propaganda and repression are finding that their grip is being loosened.

What is needed is a new form of direct democracy, made possible for the first time by the Internet, in which the basic functions of government are conducted in the open and on the web for all to see whenever they wish.  And for politicians to be directly nominated and elected, without political parties or private campaign financing, again originated and facilitated by open participation on the web.  Such is the only way to permanently replace a ruling elite that is determined to use the power of government as a means of controlling and exploiting a repressed population.



Algeria protesters break cordon
Pro-democracy demonstrators, inspired by the Egyptian revolution, ignore official ban and march in the capital Algiers.

Algerian security forces and pro-democracy protesters are clashing, as demonstrations got underway in the capital Algiers on Saturday.

At least 2,000 protestors were able to overcome a security cordon enforced around the capital’s May First Square, joining other demonstrators calling for reform.

Earlier, thousands of police in riot gear were in position to stop the demonstrations that could mimic the uprising which forced out Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Security forces have closed all entrances to the capital and already arrested hundreds of protesters, sources told Al Jazeera.

At the scene of the protests, blogger and activist, Elias Filali, said human right’s activists and syndicate members were among those arrested.

“I’m right in the middle of the march,” he told Al Jazeera. “People are being arrested and are heavily guarded by the police.”

Officials banned Saturday’s opposition march, but protesters were determined to see it through…

Other Arab countries have also felt the ripples from the revolts in Egypt and Tunisia.

Jordan’s King Abdullah replaced his prime minister after protests.

In Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh promised opponents he would not seek a new term.

The Bahraini government has also made several concessions in recent weeks, including promising higher social spending. Activists there have called for protests on February 14, the tenth anniversary of Bahrain’s constitution.


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