The Arab Spring and the European Movements; Comparative Study

El Hadj Moussa BenMoussa

Abstract


This paper discusses how the European uprising movements inspired the young people in the Arab world to spark what is called the Arab spring. Importantly, these historical uprising helped the young people how to manifest against the regime in the Arab region. The Arab Spring also indicated Arab revolutions, was a revolutionary uprising of both violent and non-violent protests, riots, coups, foreign interferences, and civil wars in North Africa and the Middle East. The story that caused the Arab Spring is the incident of the Young Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi who set himself on fire after was banned from selling fruit to earn a living. This accident pushed many young people in Tunisia to upraise against the movement policies. Consequently, this caused the Arab Spring, or as some call it, Arab awakening, were many and long-gathering demonstrations were held. For decades, Arab populations had suffered repression of free speech, human rights injustices, economic mismanagement, corruption and stifling of political dissent. This paper explains how the youth of the Arab region was influenced by the European populism movement in the past centuries. Furthermore, this article seeks to highlight how the European culture encouraged people to speak out of their pain and called for the political change in area fearless. The paper is going to compare how the European movement to the Arab spring to highlight how the influences were seen and how the demonstrated were taken into consideration.  


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