Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Protests continue in N. Africa

Just when we thought Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation would spark hope for democracy, the protests have inspired several other North African and middle eastern nations to revolt against their respective governments and show support.

In Bahrain, thousands of protesters gathered in the capital's Pearl Roundabout last weekend to prepare for a massive demonstration. A CNN reporter said the encampment "has taken on an air of permanence, with tents, makeshift kitchens, even a rudimentary field hospital." It is very clear the people want freedom.

In Libya, about 15,000 of the country's 2 million to 3 million Egyptians returned to the country, border officials reported to CNN. The Egyptian army has set up refugee camps along the border as a result. In a bizarre speech Wednedsay, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said he's still in charge and will remain president. CNN Cairo bureau chief Ben Wedeman reported much of eastern Libya is in opposition control. The Libyan people want their voices to be heard.

In light of these events, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the violence and called for a halt to "unacceptable bloodshed" in response to civil unrest. Gunfire has been heard in several areas, not known if it's ordered by Gadhafi or pro-government militias.

See the below video from CNN about Bahrain protests over the weekend:

See this CNN video about Libyan people wanting to be heard:
Two countries in particular have remained in the news lately due to their sudden thirst for freedom from their seemingly oppressive presidents.

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