The Guardian has an awesome tool for educating yourself about the first year of ‘the Arab Spring’ called ‘The Path to Protest’

For those who weren’t old enough or who weren’t interested at the time but who have since become interested (maybe for those whose interest has been sparked by the uprising in Turkey), this is a great tool to learn a little more about politics in various regions of the Middle East.

Covering from December 19, 2010 to the very end of 2011, scroll through this interactive tool packed full of hundreds (perhaps thousands) of protests & news stories relevant to protests across the Middle East just after the inception of ‘the Arab Spring’.

Here’s the tool.

Algeria: Union leaders on hunger strike since May 6

In protest against repeated human and trade union rights violations, nine union members, five women and four men, began an unlimited hunger strike on May 6 in Algiers, Algeria. Despite urgent requests for meetings, and daily reports on the women’s rapidly deteriorating health, the government continues to refuse to address the judicial workers’ issues.

The hunger strikers began their protest following a government crackdown on a national protest by judicial workers on 24 April. According to a statement issued by the administration workers’ union, security forces violently broke up the peaceful protest, wounding and arresting more than 150 women. 

Reports of severe police brutality against women held in detention include cases of multiple bone fractures, loss of consciousness, and one woman’s subsequent miscarriage. Workers in the judicial sector, who are primarily women, have led several protests in recent months against repeated infringements on their right to organize.

Consequently, many workers have been denied pay, suspended, transferred or dismissed. Additionally, there have been numerous accounts of verbal and physical harassment of judicial workers.