For many Arab students, the unrest in places like Egypt and Syria affects them personally.
In countries like Egypt and Syria, 20% of the population lives under the poverty line according to the Encyclopedia of Nations and that number is ever growing while less than 10% of the population controls over 75% of the wealth. The unsatisfied citizens of these countries, angered by the uneven distribution of wealth and high standards revolted against their governments. These revolts spurred huge repercussions and many lives were lost in their wake.
Jan. 25, 2011 is known as “The Day of Revolt” and is considered the beginning of the Egyptian revolution, a revolt comprised of a series of non-violent demonstrations, marches, protests and labor strikes. Millions of protesters from every background demanded that President Hosni Mubarak step down or be overthrown.
The government refused to yield to the citizens’ demands and responded by shutting down the Internet and mobile services after several Facebook members and Twitter followers came together in the name of the revolution. The shutdown was meant to cut citizens off from one another and any news sources.
After many lives were lost and no compromise could be made, Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11, 2011 and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces dissolved parliament and set up elections.
The major protests died down, but they did not end. The demonstrations are still taking place today.
The revolution in Egypt spurred citizens of neighboring countries to question their own governments and begin revolts of their own.
Elliot Blumberg reports. Video courtesy of ROC-TV.