Fruits of Revolt Won't be Felt Until Power Out of Army's Hands By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

21 February, 2011 — grtv

Shockwaves from upheavals in Tunisia and Egypt have spread all across the greater Middle East, with opposition protests sweeping through other countries in the region. Clashes between rival demonstrators have once again gripped Yemen in what’s now the eighth day of unrest.

Anti-government activists have been using social networks to call for as many people as possible to hit the streets on Friday. They are demanding the country’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after more than thirty years in power.

Protests also turned violent in Libya, where at least 24 people have been killed in recent days, in clashes with security forces. Police are reported to have used firearms to disperse the crowd. And thousands of mourners gathered in Bahrain at the funerals of anti-government protesters killed in a brutal crackdown on Thursday.

Mideast expert Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya says that although the region is in turmoil, it’s hard to say just how fundamental the changes will be.