Anti-Government Protests Sweep Globe

Anti-Government Protests Sweep Globe

A wave of popular protest movements have ignited in countries throughout the world. The flashpoints vary from a subway fare hike in Chile; government corruption in Lebanon, Peru and Haiti; to a new law criminalizing extra-marital sex in Indonesia. Some analysts suggest that these varied movements stem from two major global trends: growing government distrust and economic inequality.

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Links

“These are all the protests happening around the world right now”
https://www.businessinsider.com/all-the-protests-around-the-world-right-now

“Anti-Government Protests Sweep the Globe”
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/10/21/headlines/anti_government_protests_sweep_the_globe

“‘All of them means all of them’: How Lebanon’s spontaneous protests over taxes led to calls for revolution”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/lebanon-protests-latest-corruption-middle-east-revolution-tax-a9165161.html

“Chile Government Declares State of Emergency Amid Subway Riots”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-19/chile-government-declares-state-of-emergency-amid-subway-riots?fbclid=IwAR25GOTp8yx-yNb5kCHpe4fYrVABkeQpRXe8STGXjf4IR-wvMF76B_PsNto

“The Hong Kong protests explained in 100 and 500 words”
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49317695

“Lebanon is Crippled By Massive Anti-Government Protests”
https://www.npr.org/2019/10/21/771820303/lebanon-is-crippled-by-massive-anti-government-protests

“Opinion: Chile protests shine light on economic inequality”
https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-chile-protests-shine-light-on-economic-inequality/a-50924566

“Chile protests: Is inequality becoming worse?”
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50123494

Assessment

  • Writing: Research the issue of income inequality. Is inequality a growing trend in most countries throughout the world? Are there noteworthy exceptions?
  • Debate: Government corruption is increasing throughout the world and is causing an increase in economic inequality.
  • Poll: Will this new string of protest movements see real change in government policy? Or just piecemeal changes to pacify protestors?
  • Short Answer: How can officials reassure protestors that they can reduce government corruption before protests become revolutions?

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