Who's heard of the African Spring?
26 July 2012
Following an event at London's Africa Centre on the state of contemporary African protest movements, Dr Gabay writes that "when the Arab Spring erupted at the end of 2010, it was largely viewed as a Middle Eastern phenomenon, rather than an African one, even though its main protagonists were all located on African soil". He says: "African protest movements do not face an easy route. Confronted with the deregulatory pressures of global development frameworks these movements must contend with mushrooming food and utility prices, and the violence meted out by states when faced with meaningful opposition to neo-liberal economic programmes."