Since there has been a lot of attention towards the most recent Ukrainian and Syrian riots and protest, I thought it would be good to go through some of the major riots and protest in recent time and why they happened, in a short description. I know this is not the full picture of why and what is actually going on in these countries, but I think it is imperative to inform people that these kind of acts are going on all around the world currently.
Most of my information is taken from Wikipedia, which I deem an excellent source, and mostly centralized around this particular page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ongoing_protests
Let me start with the most recent ones
2014: the Venezuelan protest, also referred to as the Venezuelan Spring, this protest started on January 7th 2014 and has continued since, the protests are mainly about insane inflation and scarcity of common goods. There s much more to this protest such as highly increasing crime rates and inability of the government to intervene.
For more info about the protests in Venezuela, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Venezuelan_protests
2014 the Bosnian and Herzegovina protest, this highly violent protest started on February 4th 2014 and has continued since. The reason behind is the selling of major companies in the city of Tuzla to private investors who in turn sold of the assets of the companies and filed for bankruptcy, not being able to pay the employees and creating massive unemployment rates in a country already struggling with unemployment.
For more information on the protest, you can visit: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/07/bosnia-herzegovina-wave-violent-protests
2013 the Thailand protest. This protest started on October 31st 2013 and has continued since. the protest was spurred by a billed that proposed the pardon of the murder charges against Abhisit Vejjajiva and Suthep Thaugsuban two highly influential politicians in Thailand, and would also dismiss the corruption charges against the former prime minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra.
For more info regarding the protests in Thailand, visit: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-25190314
2013 the Ukrainian protest, also referred to as Euromaidan. This protest in general happened because the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for signing an Association Agreement and a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union, in favor of closer economic relations with Russia. The protest has since become about more and has become bigger since the Ukrainian government decided to use live ammunition against protesters and a ever growing police brutality towards the protesters.
For more detailed information about the Euromaidan (including number of casualties and the time-lapse of the event), visit http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-25182823
For more information about the Million People March, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Million_People_March
2013 the Philippine protest, also referred to as Million People March, this protest only occurred on 4 days in row from August 22–26, 2013. This protest was because of pork barrel scheme run by the government in which political funding schemes was invented to benefit certain politicians. The main protest is over, but is only the first wave of activity from the Philippian people as they continue to fight for their cause.
2013 Turkey protest started back on May 27th 2013. The initial cause behind the protest was because the Turkish government wanted to remake the last green area in Istanbul to a shopping center, however the protest spurred when the police violently evicted a sit-in protest in the park.
For more info about the protest in Turkey, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_protests_in_Turkey
2013 the Romanian demonstrations also referred to as the Romanian social unrest. This demonstration started on January 11th 2013 and has continued since although not continually but in different parts of the country and with different causes, the demonstration spurred because of the conditions in Romania with such things as unpaid wages, work conditions, mass layoffs, low salaries, corruption and a general inability to act from the governments side, or at least to come up with effective methods of dealing with the growing problems facing Romania.
The 2 protests in Bulgaria in 2013. The first was against the Borisov cabinet that started on january 28th 2013 and ended on march 16th 2013, and ended with the resignation of Boyko Borisov government on 20 February 2013.
The second Bulgarian protest, called the Bulgarian protests against the Oresharski cabinet, started on may 28th, however the demonstration turned large scale on june 14th 2013, the demonstration was spurred because of corruption in the government and failure to facilitate common democratic activities.
For more information about the protests against the Borisov cabinet, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Bulgarian_protests_against_the_Borisov_cabinet
For more information about the protests against the Oresharski cabinet, visit:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013%E2%80%9314_Bulgarian_protests_against_the_Oresharski_cabinet
These are the major protests that have been started in either 2013 or 2014. In the next part I will try and cover such protest as the Spanish protests, the Arab spring and other important and significant protests.