The ruling class was shocked to its core by the series of rallies by the workers and people of the Middle East and North Africa. After the uprising in Tunisia, the rallies spread like wildfire from Egypt to Libya. Massive protests then shook Gaza, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria and Saudi Arabia. As of the writing of this article, the relentless fires of the uprising have not been extinguished.
Yet it is not only in the Middle East and North Africa that has felt the aftershocks of the uprising. Numerous demonstrations were held in China. In Europe, during the later months of 2010, students of Britain and Italy, as well as the students in the Philippines and Puerto Rico, rallied against their states’ proposed education and benefits budget cut. Protests have happened in France, as well, due to the reduction of pension for workers. The very same events have transpired in Portugal, Spain and Greece. The American proletariat, not wanting to get left behind (most especially the workers of Wisconsin), have followed their brothers in Europe and have started rallies as well.
In short, both advance and backward countries were rocked by massive uprisings, the imperialist and “semi-colonial nations” due to severe poverty, unemployment and the government’s retraction of what the workers won in the past struggles.