The world is facing serious economic and political issues. Some countries have had major protests turn violent, and it has happened again. According to sfgate.com, “Thousands of Egyptians protesting against President Hosni Mubarak’s government clashed with police in Cairo and other cities, inspired by the revolt that toppled Tunisia’s President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.” The situation is very serious. Many of the protesters have issues with the government which could turn into a civil war which would topple the government.
There are three countries where times are tough and the situation could prove to be one that is similar to Egypt and Tunisia. These countries are Yemen, Greece, and Algeria.
According to the Washington Times, “What fuels Yemen’s instability is widespread alienation among tribes and factions toward a regime they complain has for years hoarded power and wealth among a small circle of supporters. They say their regions have been neglected, with poverty spreading and infrastructure left to deteriorate.”
This country will most likely have riots because, when poverty strikes a country such as Yemen, people blame others because they think that it will make them feel better. Yemen is known to be a spot where terrorism has been rampant, so it is important that the country’s leaders work toward finding ways to boost the nation’s economy so that it can thrive and avoid protests taking place in the streets.
Greece could be a country that we will see rioting in next. The country has been doing poorly economically for a while. According to hispanicallyspeakingnews.com, “Over 1000 people marched in Athens Greece to protest the controversial plan to build a fence at the border with Turkey to stop illegal immigrants from entering Greece.”
When a country has racial tensions coupled with a bad economy, the situation escalates quickly. Rioting often occurs because people want to get the government to help them. Sitting at home accomplishes nothing for people, so they feel that their actions to riot are justified even if they are not.
Algeria has already had food riots in the country. According to guardian.co.uk:
“Riot police armed with teargas and batons maintained a strong presence around the Algerian capital’s main mosques. In the popular Belcourt district, rioting resumed after Friday prayers. Young protesters pelted police with stones and blocked access to the area. The cost of flour and salad oil has doubled in recent months, reaching record highs. A kilogram of sugar, which a few months ago cost 70 dinars, is now 150 dinars (£1.28). Unemployment stands at about 10% percent, the government says; independent organizations put it closer to 25%. Official data put inflation at 4.2% in November.”
In situations like this, people become panicked because they are afraid they will not find jobs and be able to feed their families. The environment quickly becomes hostile, with people blaming the government for their own situations, which leads to protests and violence. Algeria will probably have even more riots in the future because people turn to this form of protesting to deal with their frustrations about their situations.