Elections And Protests Worldwide
“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” Alan Moore
In Guinea President Alpha Conde amended the constitution from a presidential term of five to six years, to stay in power.
In Uganda, 76-year old president Yoweri Museveni, previously too old to be eligible for reelection, changed the constitution to gain eligibility to run again in February 2021.
Bolivian President Evo Morales resigned in November after weeks of protests and death threats.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced this week that he would disband the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) which is part of the federal police, following mass protests sparked by a video of the officers killing a man. SARS has also been accused of other killings, extortion and torture especially of young people.
In Lebanon, protesters argue that while they are suffering under an economic crisis, the country’s leaders have been using their positions of power to enrich themselves, through kickbacks and favorable deals.
Namibia has been rocked with protests over the death of a woman in April. Gender-based violence and domestic abuse are persistent problems in Namibia. Police responded to the SARSprotests with tear gas, rubber bullets, batons and arrests sparking further violence.
Protestors in Iraq have also been calling for the end of a political system that they say has failed them.
The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan plunged into political chaos and riots after opposition groups seized control of Parliament and released their imprisoned leaders in protests over parliamentary elections they called rigged.
Protests against alleged government corruption have also taken place in Egypt.
In Hong Kong protestors demonstrate against police brutality and for universal suffrage.
In Belarus, security forces used violence in an attempt to disperse protesters who were demanding an end to the country’s long term dictator Alexander Lukashenko.
And in America, President Donald Trump has cast doubt on the integrity of the election and repeatedly refused to say that he’d accept the results if he loses. Police grapple with the threat of right wing militia groups and a president who has called for an “army of poll watchers” placing an unprecedented strain on police for election day and the violence and protests expected in the days after the results. The toxic political climate, combined with the COVID-19 crisis and the national reckoning over police misconduct, is putting a lot of strain on everyone. Gun stores in the US are empty.
I never thought I would say this about an American election. Stay safe, be brave and vote.