The trigger for the uprising in Tunisia was a desperate and desparaing protester setting himself alight after his only means of making a living – a vegetable street stall – was confiscated by a government which places ‘control’ above economic development.
In Djibouti too a protester set himself on fire in front of the Presidential Palace following the death of his daughter from starvation.
Political demonstrations have become commonplace in Djibouti – protests about the President changing the constitution so he can stand again in another rigged election in April this year, and protests about poverty and poor living conditions.
Prospective presidential candidate Abdourahman Boreh said, “Political change is necessary for economic development and civil peace in Djibouti. The President denies to the press that there are anti-government demonstrations, but there is plenty of evidence from political parties that the wave of protest is growing and spreading”.
Movie clips from opposition group UAD have been published which seem to contradict the President’s claims that there is no unrest: