Over the last few weeks protests have been erupting around the world. Many are saying that the protests were sparked after the people of Hong Kong began their fight against legislation that would permit their extradition to mainland China. The protests had over a million people on the streets, since then it has caused a tsunami around the globe.
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The Catalan people have once again taken to the streets last week. This came after the Spanish government found that the original 2017 Catalan referendum for independence was in fact an illegal process. They tried 12 independence leaders and sentenced 9 with charges such as sedition and miss-use of public funds. The general strike has lead to rioting, according to local paper El Periodico De Catalunya, 77 people were injured. Catalunya has been fighting for independence for over 150 years, new generations are raised with the idea of independence.
Chile. Violent unrest has manifested across the country. So far a staggering 5000 people have been detained, and 19 have died. The capital of Santiago has been turned upside down, roadblocks, fires and riots have been breaking out over the last week. Chilean police has also been accused of using brute force by the public. They have been seen using several large water canonns and even began firing shots at protesters. ‘Los Chilenos” are fighting for huge change, they are asking the government to escape their systematic inequality and reform their socio-economic system. President Sebastian Piñeira has announced planned reforms to calm the storm, the people are still not convinced as riots carry on for the 5th day.
Neighbouring country Bolivia is also currently protesting amid confusion regarding their election results. The first set of results were released only two hours after the polling stations closed on Sunday. The results meant that Carlos Mesa, who is challenging Evo Morales for presidency, would make it through to a second round of votes. The website with the votes results stopped being updated and no second round of votes would be needed for Morales to remain in office. Mesa said “those results that are part of a shameful, consummated fraud that is putting Bolivian society in a situation of unnecessary tension.” Morales has is being accused of overstaying his welcome. Bolivian people are demanding change, capital of La Paz took to streets to fight the alleged fraud. Clashes continue out between protesters and police.
The Lebanese revolution as it’s being called, initiated after mismanaged fires engulfed the mountainside. After this, Saad Hariri’s government announced a proposal of new taxes to be imposed, causing the biggest and longest revolution to date. Their fight is against institutionalised corruption that has been on going for decades. Despite a huge government debt of $86 billion, ministers salaries have annually increased 7.5% for the last decade, meanwhile the minimum living wage has been stagnant since 2012. The worldwide Lebanese community are demanding the governments resignation. Protests have been taking place in London, Montreal and 40 other cities across the globe. Unlike the violence in South America; food, transport and medication is being supplied free for protesters. There are also food stands and street cleaning groups being organised by locals. The ‘tax intifada’ reaches it’s 7th day, it’s being now more than ever being seen as a sign of hope for the Lebanese people.