These riots took place in the context of the Arab Spring, but will not be defined by the same motives.
In fact, their root causes belong to an older context that is being fought by the very makers of the Arab Spring: the manipulation of the public by powerful regimes for reasons of control
and political power.
The riots are happening not because of the Arab Spring, but despite it. These riots and violent acts underscore that the battles against the past are far from over.
Autocrats have fled,
but tactics of control remain.