There was a Day of Rage in Iraq. Iraq has a democracy now, flawed perhaps, but a democracy. So perhaps these protests aren't simply about pro-democracy snetiments. From an AP article:
The protests, billed as a "Day of Rage, were fueled by anger over corruption, chronic unemployment and shoddy public services from the Shiite-dominated government.Those reasons sound more fundamental, and more universal, than a yearning for "one hominid, one vote."