It has been a big year for protest internationally. The “Arab Spring” protests in the Middle East. Occupy Wall Street and the world wide Occupation movement. Tahrir Square. Time magazine somewhat controversially chose as it’s annual person of the year a representative symbol – “The Protestor”.
And yet. Looking round at the world, what’s new? The whole point of the Tahrir protest was that nothing seemed to have changed after the “revolution”. The Occupation movement seems stalled – where will it be in 6 months time? If that was the year of “The Protestor”, what did it accomplish? Is effective protest no longer possible in today’s world?