Daily VideoJanuary 28, 2011
Anti-Government Unrest in Egypt Spread to Yemen
After a series of anti-government uprisings in Northern Africa and the Middle East, Yemen became the latest Arab country to be engulfed in protests. Thousands of people marched in the capital city of Sanaa, demanding the end of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime. In response, the President attempted to calm tension by raising army salaries, cutting income taxes and denying rumors that his son is set to become the next president.
In North Africa, violent protests have continued for another day as police take to the streets to disperse angry crowds. President Mubarak is expected to address his citizens soon but his right-hand man told the press the president is following the riots yet his response to demands for change are vague. After a series of buildings were set on fire, including police stations and an office belonging to President Mubarak’s party, the Egyptian military was called in for reinforcement. Despite a government sponsored curfew, protesters have continued. Joining the anti-government sentiment is Egypt’s banned Islamist party, The Muslim Brotherhood, who were demonized by President Mubarak as violent extremists.
“I say yes to dialogue, yes to power-sharing and yes to the sharing and exchange of opinions but in a peaceful and legal manner.” Safwat El-Sherif, National Democratic Party (through translator)
“They have to understand that they have to listen to the people, listen to them quickly, take concrete action towards reform, toward a new Egypt that is democratic, that is based on social justice.” Mohamed Elbaradei, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Warm Up Questions
1.Where is Egypt?2.Where is Yemen?3.What is a protest?
1.What are some reasons people might protest against their government? 2.Do you agree that military forces should be used to disperse protesters? Why or why not?3.Discuss other ways citizens can voice their frustrations and concerns to their government without violence.
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