Presenter: Arwa Hassan / Regional Outreach Manager MENA Region, Transparency International
Date: Wednesday, June 27th, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt in 2011 took the world by surprise. Yet, even activists on the frontlines did not initially anticipate the power that the protests would mobilize. Egyptians had effectively used civil resistance to fight against corruption and oppression for years, and these movements culminated in the bringing down of the respective corrupt dictators. The revolutions had spin-offs in other countries too, such as Jordan and Bahrain, and even Saudi Arabia has seen ripples of discontent.
Although President Mubarak and President Ben Ali have gone, threats still remain, with the old guard resorting to corrupt tactics to perpetuate their hold on power. The Military Council and the subsequent Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt clamped down further on civil rights.
People are again taking to the streets. What kind of tactics do civic movements need to deploy now in order to fight? What can activists do today to ensure that hard-won victories are not sabotaged by corrupt powers?