As a young man I spent many a days in protests….mostly for an end to the Vietnam War….also many days of fighting off the effects of tear gas…and a few beatings…..but that was then and this is now…..
I know that trying to keep up with the silliness coming from the White House and the Congress and the Media is a full time gig…..but while you were being lulled into boredom the world has erupted in protests….
And the count goes on…..
Another day, another protest.
On Monday it was Bolivia – angry people clashed with police after the political opposition said it had been cheated in an election won by incumbent President Evo Morales.
Last week, the streets of the Chilean capital Santiago descended into chaos, as demonstrators enraged by a hike in public transport fares looted stores, set a bus alight and prompted the president to declare a state of emergency.
Earlier this month, Ecuador’s leader did the same after violent unrest triggered by the decision to end fuel subsidies that had been in place for decades.
And that was just South America.
Hong Kong has been in turmoil for months, Lebanon’s capital Beirut was at a standstill, parts of Barcelona resembled a battlefield last week and tens of thousands of Britons marched through London at the weekend over Brexit.
Protests have flared around the world in the last few months. Each has had its own trigger, but many of the tactics and underlying frustrations are similar. Governments, economists and ordinary people are taking notice.
In honor of those in protest….a musical interlude from Buffalo Springfield……
Or if you do not like that…how about the Rolling Stones…..
I Read, I Wrote, You Know
“Lego Ergo Scribo”