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    EUROPINION on Protests in the Middle East


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    And now we go to our Europinion segment. Our correspondent in Holland asked people what they think about the protests in the Middle East. Let's take a look.

    "I think the protests in the Middle East are very good—the people going on the streets, that they protest, that they also want more democracy. But I find it very sad that there's so much violence. It's a pity that there were unfortunately so many deaths. I am also a bit afraid that it's still not over."

    "You see in a very short time countries which we thought‚ 'well they will never change' that the people there ask for democracy now, and that some of the citizens, young people see that it can be different somehow and learn what they want in life for themselves, which does not work in the way [some] countries are governed now."

    "Well that has been boiling under the surface for a long time, and now everything comes out all at once. So it will be kind of a chain reaction. There has been suppression for 30 or 40 years. So it's not surprising, what emerges all at once now. Actually, it started with something small, but it is becoming enormously big now. It goes like an ongoing fire, it falls down like dominoes."

    "I think it is a good thing. I think it is of course their right, democratic rights. It is something long overdue. I hope it is like the ghost of the past, the end of the cold war."

    "Very unexpected. I am very surprised that all the embassies with many educated people, have not seen this coming. That surprises me very much. So it is really unexpected."

    "Basically, it is good to have democracy. The only danger is that fundamentalism will get into the government in a creeping way for a couple of years. Then there is a chance democracy will be undone, which is the case in Iran. Therefore, it is dangerous. But on the other hand it can be also positive."