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Mass Protest
« on: June 21, 2013, 11:53:25 AM »
Large scale mass peaceful protests are occurring over the globe. They are attended predominately by the younger generation and do not seem to have one specific purpose or support one particular political party or ideology.   Although they may start small with a specific cause as they did in Turkey they grow quickly with protesters having many grievances.

The ongoing protests in Brazil seem to be typical of what is happening around the world. The people want the government to be more representative, more responsive to society, provide solutions to social problems, to  stop wasting money and to be less corrupt. (Unlike Canada where there is absolutely no corruption among our elected officials.  ;)  )

This is a movement driven by social media not a centrally directed leadership. It is a new leaderless phenomenon but without leaders how can it succeed?

The problem with broad protest movements is that there is always the small percentage of participants who will tend towards violence and there are those who use the situation for looting.  On the other side you have the police force tasked with keeping the peace. They too have their daemons to quell. Police forces are used to having their directions obeyed without question. Although they are trained to deal with these situations a group of demonstrators who have no intention of following any directions is somewhat like waving a red flag to a bull.

It is the old paradigm meets the new often with the unintended consequence that the interaction of the police with the populous becoming the issue. Depending on the general unrest and number of grievances in the country there can be a vast range of outcomes. The occupy movement was for the most part dealt with peacefully. The British riots were quelled by massive but restrained police response. In Egypt they toppled a dictator but there was death and general mayhem. The political climate was changed there but new grievances evolved and protests go on. In Turkey a simple peaceful protest in a park has resulted through very poor management on the behalf of the government into a polarization of society. There the stage is set for political change. In Syria protests for more freedom have lead to one of the bloodiest horrendous civil wars in recent history, with no end in sight.

It is impossible to predict the outcome of these manifestations of discontent. It seems now that it is also impossible to predict where they will occur next with sometimes the most unlikely countries being the recipient.  All the protests globally seem to have one common thread and that is responsible government. It would be well for all governments to ponder this and then govern themselves accordingly.
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