During the decade between 2009 and 2019, the number of protests increased worldwide by 11.5 percent annually, according to an analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Protests increased the most in sub-Saharan Africa, by just under 24 percent.

Source: Samuel J. Brannen, Christian S. Haig and Katherine Schmidt, “The Age of Mass Protests,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 2020, https://tinyurl.com/wgceft8

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Global Region Percentage Increase in Protests from 2009-2019
North America +17%
Central America and the Caribbean +15.7%
South America +18.9%
Europe +12.2%
Asia +9.9%
Sub-Saharan Africa +23.8%
Oceania +4.9%

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