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Insecurity of the People - Protests and Needed Quests for Solutions

The people of Hong Kong are not alone on the global scene in their voices and actions for greater security: a growing number of people in a broadening list of nations are manifesting objections to the courses of their governments. Grievances are over economic woes, freedoms, corruption and other matters. These people include, and are not limited to, the people of Egypt, Iraq, Venezuela, Lebanon and Ecuador.

While Hong Kong has taken center stage on the protest arena via media coverage because of the connection to the communist government of the People's Republic of China (PRC), the people of Iraq have been dying daily in protests against the government in that country. Some 100 protesters demonstrating against corruption and waning economic conditions have died in Iraq in the last week.

Protesters demonstrating against similar conditions in Egypt have been trampled up the government, which has arrested some 1 900 in an attempt to squash the expressions. Venezuela's protests have also been documented with the many tragic results. And in Lebanon, declining economic conditions have also been the source of widespread protests.

In Ecuador, the elimination of fuel subsidies in placed since the 1970s, has sparked major protests from transport unions and indigenous people.  As President Lenin Moreno, imposing a two-month national emergency, has pledged not to bring back the subsides, the Confederation of Indigenous Nations in Ecuador has declared a competing "state of exception" in indigenous areas, where soldiers and police could be detained to face "indigenous justice". Subsidies supporters are calling for a national strike across Ecuador on Wednesday. 

Ecuador's government has canceled the $1.3 billion-a-year subsidies in an attempt to shore up its economy and to ease its debt burden. In March, 2019, Ecuador entered into a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to borrow $4.2 billion. That deal was dependent on the government's action to cut public spending, thus the people's protests.

Yet, while social protests are not perpetual in any jurisdiction, there should always be unending quests to find solutions to the agitations of the people. Talks to addressing grievances should always supersede new laws aimed at preventing the inherent right of the people to protest.