Ten years on, repression and violence fail to stamp out Arab activism: Amnesty

Ten years after the Arab Spring, most Middle Eastern countries have either devolved into chaos or restored autocracy in a bid for stability. Instead of addressing the root causes that drove millions to take to the streets, authorities in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen have crushed protests and attempted to silence dissent, using extreme violence, mass arrests and arbitrary detention to intimidate critics, Amnesty International said, marking the anniversary. “We can’t downplay the extent of people’s suffering, Heba Morayef, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International …

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