The protests in Cairo have sparked similar protests in the countries of Yemen and Jordan. According to news.yahoo.com, “tens of thousands of Yemenis squared off in peaceful protests for and against the government on Thursday, a day after President Ali Abdullah Saleh offered to step down in 2013. The people want regime change, anti-government protesters shouted as they gathered near Sanaa University, a main rallying point.”
Yemen is going about their protests in a very civil manner. Things have not gotten out of hand and Saleh will retire in two years, which is probably of some relief to the protesters. The protesters are acting in a very peaceful manner that shows they are very well-invested in the outcome of their efforts. They want a new government put into place and they do not feel like having this happen in 2013 will help them very much. If things do not change, then they will likely continue to protest until a better compromise can be made.
According to online.wsj.com, the country of Jordan “has been wracked by weeks of street protests in the wake of demonstrations in Tunisia that led ultimately to the ouster of former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali on Jan. 14. King Abdullah’s father, King Hussein, allowed parliamentary elections in 1989, suspended martial law and allowed for a multiparty political system. King Abdullah, who ascended to the throne upon his father’s death in 1999, has maintained those initiatives, and the country’s licensed opposition parties include Islamic, communist and Arab nationalist groups.”
Jordan has not become as chaotic as Egypt has because the King fired his prime minister because of the protesters in his country. He knows that the situation could become very out of hand, so he is trying to appease the protesters to regain stability in the country. Jordan is one of the few countries left in the world that is still ruled by a king. Many Jordanians want democracy so they can choose who runs their country. They have seen the King does not do things the way they would like, so they want new leaders in place.
What Officials and Protesters Can Learn From the Protests in Tunisia and Egypt
The key to these protests is that they started off pretty non-violently in Tunisia and Egypt. Many Egyptians had embraced the army in their country and were not hurting people. They just wanted their voices to be heard and for democracy to reign free in their homeland.
In Egypt, the violence began to really increase after the president of the country, Hosni Mubarak, made a speech. He told his country that he would not seek re-election and he would be leaving office in September. The next day, pro-Mubarak supporters began attacking the protesters. Now, the whole country is in chaos and reporters are being attacked by protesters.
Protesters can learn that being non-violent is a great way to get the public on your side. Many people across the globe think that if people want change in their countries they need to stand up and made their voices heard. Tunisia and Egypt have done this and they have been getting some of their demands met.
Officials can learn that keeping your citizens happy is very important. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter allowed protesters to organize quickly and spread the word about their intentions to millions of people. Officials should now see that you have to listen to people and try to compromise with them so that they do not need to protest in the streets.