Around the world, we are seeing an increasing level of unrest as citizens take to the streets to protest the policies of their governments in hopes that they will bring about change.
Let’s start in Spain, where thousands of protesters took to the streets in multiple cities after Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison for their roles in a failed independence bid back in 2017. While the court acquitted the leaders of the charge of violent rebellion, they were convicted of charges that include sedition, misuse of public funds and disobedience.
Police were seen in full riot gear as crowds gathered at Barcelona’s international airport. In addition to impacting more than 100 flights on Monday, the protests sparked at least 45 flight cancellations on Tuesday.
Then in Ecuador, nearly two weeks of massive and violent protests could be reaching an end after the Ecuadorian government reached a deal with indigenous leaders.
Thousands were seen rejoicing in the streets of the country’s capital after President Moreno agreed to cancel an austerity package that cut fuel subsidies and sent prices soaring. Following the deal, members of the indigenous leaders were seen engaging in clean-up efforts, after they called off future demonstrations and road blockades.
Meanwhile, in Haiti, a fifth week of protests is underway as tens of thousands of citizens take to the streets, calling for the country’s president to resign. Allegations of corruption among Haiti’s government officials has grown as the country battles inflation, and residents suffer from fuel and food shortages.
As a result of the violent demonstrations, hundreds of businesses have been closed down and an estimated 2 million students have been prevented from going to school.
These are just a few of the ongoing protests from around the world. But they continue to show the power of the people when they gather together and speak out for what they believe.