Toward a Nigerian Spring

21 January 2012 | 10:05 | English
Demonstrations last week in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria (photo #occupykaduna)Is Nigeria moving toward a political Spring? On the national congress of the Dutch Labour Party this weekend I will speak about recent developments in Africa's most populous country. A nationwide protest movement arose after the government removed the subsidy on fuel on January 1, causing prices to almost triple from one day to the next. The protests are about much more than the price for a litre at the filling station though. Political movements in other countries will also be discussed in the debate at the congress. Member of Parliament Jacques Monasch will talk of Russia and representative of the Dutch NGO HIVOS Marcel van der Heijden of Syria. What are the differences and similarities between those popular movements and what could we learn from them?
Sunday 22 January, 13.15, Brabanthallen, Den Bosch, in the foyer
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