I think Prof. Avineri would agree with you that the underlying factor in these uprisings is the anger and frustration over poverty, corruption and repression rather than a desire for democratic reform. What he's saying is that these uprisings will likely result in more of the same because there's no tradition of democracy in these countries and no civil society to push them towards democracy. The February 1917 revolution in Russia was led by democratic parties but by October they'd been replaced by the tyranny of Lenin and thte Bolsheviks. Prof. Avineri was merely pointing out that just because a revolution is begun by people with democratic goals doesn't mean that the ensuing regime will be democratic.
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from the article: The future of the Arab uprisings is looking grim