Taking It To The Streets - RFE/RL's Protest Rundown
Supporters of moderate Pakistani preacher Tahir-ul Qadri on the third day of their protest rally in Islamabad, 16Jan2013
Government officials, you have been put on notice. From Pakistan to Russia and many countries in between, citizens are taking to the streets and social media to protest everything from political corruption to unfair prison fines. A rundown of the most recent challenges follows.
# Pakistan's Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has brought tens of thousands of protestors to Islamabad and vows not to leave until the government resigns. Who benefits from the confrontation? Correspondents Charles Recknagel and Daud Khattak of Radio Mashaal report.
# Tens of thousands of Sunnis have been protesting in Iraq over the past three weeks, as part of the largest wave of Sunni unrest since U.S. troops withdrew a year ago. Although they pose a major challenge for the government, the demonstrators'spiraling list of demandshas left Baghdad uncertain how to contain the crisis. Radio Free Iraq correspondent Moyad al-Haidari and Charles Recknagel report.