Thursday, January 20, 2011

The story of the Arab revolution

After the Tunisian regime fell down, leaving the country in a total chaos and triggering a wave of protests through the whole Arab world, from Mauritania to Kuwait passing by Egypt and Algeria, it seems that a great change is approaching, taking the people from the dark ages of Arab repression and authoritarian rule to a new world order based on true and right concepts which have for main purpose the service of the people by the people.

Maybe it did not happen yet, but let’s imagine a revolutionary scenario in the Middle East and North Africa, a fictional flow of events which at the end leads to the fall of the entire Arab regime and the takeover of free people upon the countries’ policy.
The article is going to be issued in form of chapters, each chapter talking about certain political and military developments in the region. So stay tuned and live with us this great story, the story of the 21st century Arab Revolution.
Be ready dear readers, put on your seat belts and let the show begin!

Chapter one: North African chaos

After months of protests arising all over the Middle East and North Africa and after the fall of the regime in Tunisia, the Arab street anger did not calm yet. The protests became a current routine of everyday life, and the clashes between demonstrators and security forces kept on going, bringing the causalities in the Arab world to 547 death and 1568 wounded people, among which figures 112 member of the police killed during the fights and 434 wounded.

The order in Tunisia was not recovered yet after the escape of Zin El Abidin Ben Ali, and several militia pro-Ben Ali sow terror and disorder in the country with the help of dethroned generals and highly ranked military officials of the former regime. Tunisians, in order to protect themselves and their properties, organize armed groups which operate throughout the Tunisian territory. Some people-led troops decide to support the revolution burning in Algeria through military assistance to protesters and rebellious organizations, and in the Friday 11th of February, hundreds of Tunisian people engage the Algerian security forces in the borders, launching a vast military response of Algerian military which, in few days, shut the intrusion in their borders, resulting in a blood shed which costs the life of more than 200 Tunisian civilians.

The military operation, not being approved by the Algerian population, triggers more aggressive protests and marches, supported by a clear division among Algerian military officers who, after noticing that the situation was getting worse, started planning a potential takeover of the country in case the Bouteflika regime came to fall.

Indeed, in the night of 23rd February, the Algerian government, after failing in fulfilling people’s demands and after the failure of the reforms meant to satisfy economic and social needs of the angry working class, is officially dissolved and the military become in charge of the administration of the country’s policy, a policy they manage quite bad since the central military base in Blida next to Alger is stormed in the 28th of February by over 12.000 angry Algerians. The operation led by the people under the codename “Liberty” enables paramilitary militia formed of young students to seize important quantities of ammunitions, military vehicles and a wide range of weaponry. 

The country is declared under red code situation, which is equivalent to the country’s status in time of war, and curfews start to grow all over the territory, military convoys are deployed in all major cities, and the orders are given to the troops on the ground to shoot at any suspect not obeying orders.

Algeria is in chaos and strong concerns by the international community are communicated to the Algerian military officers, threatening them with a potential UN armed intervention in the territory if the order is not recovered within the next 96 hours.
To be continued…
Mohamed Amine Belarbi

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