By Bahaa Abazeed
Unis Middle School
There has been a lot of action taking place in the Middle East. It is like a contagious disease that spreads. The people want change. They put up with the presidents ruling for a long time.
Peaceful protest are being held, but they are not so peaceful in some countries, such as Libya and Syria. The presidents have been sending troops to fight against the protestors.
There is no food, water and even electricity. So, people have been also dying.
Every Friday is called The Day of Rage because on that day there will be the most people protesting after the Friday prayer. That is the day that President Mubarak of Egypt, and Bin Ali of Tunis left their presidencies.
Today, there are protests being held in Yemen, Libya and Syria. There is lots of tension in those places.
The presidents of those three places have been fighting to stay in their position.
Protests in Yemen started on Jan. 27, 2011. They have been going on for a long time. The people of Yemen are protesting against Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled as a dictator for almost 30 years. There are millions of people trying to get the president out, but he has not left. In Yemen, 42.2 of people who are below the poverty line.
There is a lot of tension that is in Libya. Peaceful protests lead to a really bad chaos. Muammar el-Qaddafi has been really cruel to his people. Thirty-three percent of people there below the poverty line.
Qaddafi has ruled Libya for 42 years. In late February, Qaddafi started bombing his own people with airplanes throwing missiles, and his army has been shooting people. There have been a lot of deaths in Libya that make you think that the president Qaddafi is really evil. The U.S. has been noticing all the damage that has been happening and has helped NATO support the rebels in their fight. The death toll is a little over 30,000.
The most recent protests has been in Syria were people are protesting the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Protests began on March 18, 2011, in the southern city of Daraa. There are also protests in Benyas and Homs. The people are sick of the Assad family, which has been ruling Syria for more than 40 years.
President Assad sent tanks and soldiers to Daraa and they had been shooting at the protestors, killing a whole lot of people. Undercover government police had been taking everybody aged 15-50 years old to jail. There haven’t been phone connections or food. The undercover cops that are in Daraa has been locking protestors in the schools because they ran out of spaces in the jail. The president sent soldiers and tanks to Benyas on May 6, 2011. They have been surrounding Daraa and Benyas so nobody could leave or enter those cities. News reporters are not allowed into those cities either.
These presidents are fighting to stay as rules which makes no sense, because how are they going to be respected after all the deaths and the blood the whole world has seen in the streets?
Why are they trying to stay if everything is not going to be the same as before?