The millions of Arabs who took to the streets in the past year did so at great peril to their lives and that of their families. They risked much more than a night in jail or eviction from a public park.
Nasser Weddady, blogger activist and Civil Rights Outreach Director at the American Islamic Congress says that while he is sympathetic to American protesters, he does not believe they have a clue about what really went on in the Middle East this year.
“Occupy Wall Street planners only see the skeleton of the Arab spring movement,” he said. “They don’t know that it was an evolutionary process, the result of decades of work, trial and error, and eventual breakthroughs. These people went out in the streets out of shared desperation after all other means had been exhausted. And they knew full well that they could die for it.”
The worst that happens in American streets, says Weddady, is that “protesters get pepper-sprayed.”
- Arab Activists: Little in Common Between #OccupyWallStreet, #ArabSpring (censorshipinamerica.com)