Nationwide protests are springing up across the world this summer. As frustrations rise to the surface, global crisis and chaos are exposing government ineptness.
Although a surge of summer protests occurs nearly every year across the planet, 2022 seems worse than anything in recent memory. The record rising temperatures across the globe this summer bring a new surge of upheaval and protest. People are not marching for climate change, however. In an almost universal trend, people from all walks of life and a growing number of nations are marching against rising prices and increasingly apparent government ineptness. As our leaders fail, frustrated populations are taking to the streets.
Below is a list of major national protest movements that have triggered or continued over the last 30 days.
Sri Lanka – In the face of a near economic collapse, protesters took to the capital and occupied the president’s residence. The president fled the country on Wednesday and sent in his resignation.
Argentina – Rising prices and a crushing national debt led to mass protests in Argentina this week.
Panama – Angry over rising prices and a faltering economy, angry protesters took to the streets for more than a week this month after fuel prices more than doubled.
Kenya – The skyrocketing cost of living in Kenya drove protesters to the streets this month.
El Salvador – The government issued a “state of emergency” in March to combat rising violence. In June, protesters took to the streets crying for “No more dictatorships.”
Albania – Thousands called for the government to resign in protest to rising prices in Albania.
Netherlands – Thousands of farmers protested nationwide against targets introduced to reduce harmful nitrogen compounds by 2030.
Poland – As fuel prices hit a record high after the Polish government joined in sanctions against Russia, thousands of Polish people took to the streets blocking roads and access to businesses.
Italy – Economic and political dissent has led to widespread protests in Italy for a variety of reasons and from an array of groups. Yesterday the Prime Minister submitted his resignation as chaos on a number of fronts (war, pandemic, inflation) has made progress to restoring stability virtually impossible.
Greece – Healthcare workers continued their monthly protests against government contracts and negotiations with the healthcare workers fighting on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Germany – Thousands of protesters converged on Germany for the G7 Summit two weeks ago.
Belgium – Labor unions led protests in Brussel at the end of June to protest rising living costs.
Ghana – Rampant inflation and the continued failure of the government to adequately confront the crisis resulted in thousands protesting at the end of June.
Iran – Merchants continued their months-long protests against the government’s inability to stabilize the nation’s faltering economy.
Iraq – Even as protesters called for the government to give them full job opportunities in the country’s oil industry, thousands are gathering this week, suggesting a new level of summer protests in Iraq.
Ecuador – Protests erupted across the country for more than two weeks in June, triggered by increasing food and fuel prices.
Peru – Protests against rising fuel and fertilizer prices that are crippling the agriculture industry in Peru have been ongoing since March.
Pakistan – The slashing of fuel subsidies in Pakistan triggered new expense burdens on the population, and they took to the streets in May and June.
Zimbabwe – Health workers decided to strike in June as the government refused to pay them in US dollars amid the country’s faltering economy.