‘Day of Rage’ Updates From Iran, Algeria, Bahrain and Yemen [VIDEOS]
Since watching the Egyptians topple President Hosni Mubarak from power, citizens in several Middle Eastern nations have either escalated or sparked their own protests in the hopes of generating political change in their own countries.
Surge Desk offers a quick update on what is being called a “Day of Rage” in the region.
Despite a “massive security crackdown” enacted by Iranian authorities, thousands of Iranians took to the streets Monday in support of Egypt’s recent uprising. Police and military units hoped to curb any pro-Egypt demonstrations, given the Iranian government’s fear that such gatherings would develop into rallies “against Iran’s ruling system.”
Amid nationwide calls for a “change of government,” Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci announced this morning that the state would repeal its 19-year-old state of emergency “within days.” Protests against unemployment and poor housing conditions have taken place across the country since early January, and on Saturday thousands of protesters ignored a police prohibition and demonstrated in the capital Algiers.
Authorities dealt with several “illegal” protests across Bahrain today, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who organized in the capital of Manama. According to The Wall Street Journal, they were chanting “our demand is a constitution written by the people. … We demand the release of all political prisoners.”
For the fourth consecutive day, protesters demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen clashed with police authorities. According to some estimates, roughly 2,000 more people showed up to today’s demonstration than the protest on Sunday.