Perceptions of Justice and Violent Mobilization: Explaining Petroleum Related Riots in Southern Tanzania

Perceptions of Justice and Violent Mobilization: Explaining Petroleum Related Riots in Southern Tanzania

Source: Conflict Trends, 2016

Author(s): Elise Must and Siri Aas Rustad

Countries: Tanzania

Topics: Conflict Causes, Extractive Resources, Governance, Livelihoods

Added: 15/02/2017

 

​​Tanzania has remained remarkably peaceful despite being characterized as a high conflict risk country.  Recent natural gas discoveries led to waves of protests and riots and loss of civilian lives in a region never before marked by any political unrest. The mobilization was fuelled by local perceptions of injustice and unfair treatment,​ which in turn was linked to years of neglect, a strong local identity, and broken expectations about the benefits arising from resource extraction. The case is relevant to other emerging petroleum producing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.​

 

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