Over thelastfewweeksprotestshavebeeneruptingaroundthe world. These have comeafterthe people of Hong Kong begantheirfightagainst imposed legislationthat wouldpermittheirextraditiontomainland China. The protest had over a millionpeopleonthestreets, and since it has caused a tsunami across the globe.
The Catalanpeoplehaveonceagaintakentothestreetslastweek. This came afterthe Spanish governmentfoundthattheoriginal 2017 Catalan referendum for independencewas in factanillegal process.
Theytried 12 independenceleadersandsentenced 9 withcharges such as seditionand miss-use ofpublicfunds. The general strike hasleadtorioting, accordingto local paper El Periodico De Catalunya, 77 peoplewereinjured.
As many as 500,000 catalans took the streets. Some proceeded to burn rubbish bins and even some small kiosks have gone up in flames. There have also been various reports of serious violence breaking out between police and protesters.
“La Paz” Bolivia’s capital, literally translates to “The Peace” – Photo: Bruno Sgarzini
In South America, Boliviaisalsocurrentlyprotestingamid calamityregardingtheirelectionresults. The first set ofresults werereleasedonlytwo hours afterthepollingstationsclosedon Sunday.
The resultsmeantthat Carlos Mesa, whoischallenging Evo Morales for presidency, would make it throughto a second round of votes. The live voting result website then stoppedbeing updatedand indicated that no second round of votes wouldbeneeded for Morales toremain in office.
Mesa said “thoseresultsthat are partof a shameful, consummatedfraudthatisputtingBoliviansociety in a situationofunnecessarytension.” Morales seems to have overstayed his welcome, as the capital of La Paz have taken to the streetstofighttheallegedfraud. Clashes have since continued betweenprotestersandpolice.
Tripoli, Lebanon. – Omar Imady
The Lebaneserevolution, or “thawra” as it’sbeingcalled, initiatedafter mismanagedfiresengulfedthe mountainside. Afterthis, Saad Hariri’sgovernmentannounced a proposalof new taxes tobe imposed on WhatsApp calls, causingthe biggestandlongestrevolutionto date.
Their fightisagainstinstitutionalisedcorruptionthathasbeenongoing for decades. Despite a hugegovernmentdebtof $86 billion, ministers salaries haveannuallyincreased 7.5% for thelastdecade, meanwhiletheminimum living wagehas beenstagnantsince 2012.
Ahmad, a student living in Beirut told us “This is the last straw. We have been lied to and mistreated by the government for generations”. The worldwideLebanesecommunity are demandingthe government’sresignation.
Protestshave been takingplace in London, Montreal and 40 othercities across the globe. Unlikethe violence in South America; food, transport, medication and street cleaningisbeing providedfree for and by protesters.
Many main roads have been closed off completely, making the already scarce public transportation network a bigger issue. The ‘tax intifada’ reaches it’s 7th day, it’sbeing now being seen as a signof hope for theLebanesepeople.